Russia Trains Turkish Military on Air Missile System


The United States is giving Turkey until the end of the first week of June to pull out of its agreement with Russian Federation to purchase the S-400 air defence system or else it may face severe consequences including sanctions, Trendreports citing Sputnik.

Tensions between the US and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

"The latest US proposal dated March 28 had amendments on the price, co-production, upgrade and technology transfer, even though they don't exactly meet our demands", Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said. "We consider such ultimatums to be unacceptable, and we are going on the many statements made by representatives of Turkey's leadership headed by President Erdogan that the S-400 deal is already complete and will be implemented", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems during the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018. Washington says it would jeopardise Turkey's role in building Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, which it says would be compromised by S-400s. He said talks with United States officials were still underway. He said buying the S-400s was only meant to meet Turkey's defence needs and posed no threats.

"We're just buying an air-defense system", Akar said at a news conference in Ankara late Tuesday. Though there are some issues from time to time, we are pleased that there has been no sharp turn until now. However, Turkey was also "making preparations" for United States penalties via the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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Turkey has a little more than two weeks to decide whether to complete a complex arms deal with the US or risk severe penalties by going through with an agreement to buy a missile system from Russian Federation, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

If Turkey does receive its S-400 from the Kremlin this summer, the system is expected to be ready for use by 2020.

In trying to persuade Turkey to give up the Russian missiles, the United States has offered to sell its rival Raytheon Co.

"The idea that we always buy, you always produce, is finished", he told reporters in Ankara.