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Washington concerned about Turkey’s S-400 purchase “against NATO members’ commitment”

Washington is concerned about Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia. A State Department official expressed the US discontent over the S-400 and stressed that the system is not only compatible with NATO systems, it is also against the NATO members commitments.

Speaking to news website hellasjournal, the official commented on Putin’s statement that the delivery of the S-400 is being speeding up saying first of all that the S-400 system is not compatible with systems provided by NATO member states. Speaking on conditions of anonymity, the official recalled the firm US position that in fact does not allow any NATO member state and ally to purchase this or any other Russian military equipment.

“As we have said before, it is important for NATO countries to procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems. A Russian system would not meet this pattern,” the official said.

He added: “Such a purchase would also be incompatible with the commitment made by the Allies at the Warsaw Summit to strengthen NATO’s resilience through national efforts to reduce existing dependencies on military equipment that comes from Russia. “

The US but also Turkey’s allies in NATO, disagree vertically and horizontally with Tayyip Erdogan’s options, and are deeply concerned about the anti-American and anti-NATO rhetoric of the Islamic President of Turkey, hellasjournal notes adding that in his last telephone conversation with Erdogan, President Donald Trump mentioned the anti-Americanism that is sweeping Turkey

The website notes that the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation JSC, which manufactures the S-400, is subject to sanctions as of October 27, 2017, following a decision by the Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs of America.

The decision on the Russian company is covered by the special law on the imposition of US sanctions (CAATSA) to countries that do not comply with the rules imposed by the Trump administration.

In case of Turkey, the way to impose sanctions is open. If it does not cancel the S-400 purchase and if it does not accept the US proposal to buy the Patriot system, then the country of Tayyip Erdogan will suffer US sanctions, hellasjournal notes.

 

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One comment

  1. Turkey is correct in this purchase. It has finally learned that the US is an unreliable partner and doesn’t care about the well-being or safety of any other country, as long as it can make money off them. Some day the EU will wake up to that fact. When it is probably too late.