Turkey dismisses US warning over S-400 Russian missiles

Turkey dismisses US warning over S-400 Russian missiles

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says "no one should attempt to tame Turkey" with threats on trade.

His comments come after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed U.S. concerns earlier in the week, saying that the ink on the contract with Russia was already dry and that Ankara will consider purchases of future Russian systems.

"We have reached an agreement with the Russians", Erdoğan said in an interview with Kanal 24 television.

"Such an immoral act would not suit us", Bloomberg cited him as saying.

Earlier this week, the head of U.S. European Command told lawmakers the United States should not move forward with the F-35 sales, should Turkey purchase the S-400.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor that relies on sources inside Syria, said Turkish troops were preparing to carry out patrols in the area concerned by the Russian-Turkish agreement.

Turkey has particular ambitions for its neighbor Syria and the Kurdish fighters the USA backed as a principal strategy in fighting the Islamic State group on the ground.

2- Why does Turkey want to purchase the S-400 system?

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The Pentagon is also seeking to install a multinational force in a planned Syria safe zone over Turkey's objections.

President Erdogan's insistence on buying the S-400 missile system is a key part of his strategy to cement a relationship with Russian Federation. Thus it appears the imminent transfer of the S-400s is a done deal, perhaps also sealing future years of permanently damaged US-Turkey relations, especially as at the same time Turkey rejected the recent US offer to sell American-made Patriot defense systems.

"We will move toward a joint production". 'Later, we may work with S-500s, ' he added.

If Washington imposes sanctions under CAATSA, it could affect the combat readiness of Turkey's existing fleet of U.S. F-16 jets, Kasapoglu wrote in a report in January.

Talks with the United States on purchasing Raytheon Co. "Maybe after the S-400, we will continue with the S-500", he said.

"They will not get the F-35s if they take the S-400", he added, later indicating the potential Patriot sale would also be blocked.

He was speaking a day after Washington warned Ankara of "grave consequences" should the deal go ahead. The jets have spearheaded Turkey's air operations against Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Washington allied with the Kurdish YPG militia in the battle against Islamic State, and wants an global armed presence stationed in a future safe zone to protect them from Turkey.

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