UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On August 29, NTV reported that the Turkish president did not rule out the possibility of buying Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters and abandoning American F-35s. On board the plane, on which the Turkish president returned to his homeland after a visit to Russia, reporters asked him a question: is it likely that the country will buy the Su-35 and Su-57 instead of the F-35.
Erdogan replied: “Why not? We haven’t come in vain. After we find out the final US decision on the F-35, we will take our own steps. The market where we can provide ourselves with what we need is large.”
On August 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, together with Vladimir Putin, visited the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon. According to reports, the attention of Erdogan was attracted by Su-35 and S-57 fighters, he also spoke about them during negotiations with Putin.
Yang Bingo, a military expert, commented on this. According to him, it looks like an ordinary deal between Russia and Turkey on the sale of weapons. However, do not forget that historically these two countries have always been sworn enemies.
Especially during the Cold War, when Turkey became the outpost of NATO, restraining the USSR, and reliably protected the West from the former Soviet Black Sea Fleet. In a sense, Europe has managed to live quietly for such a long time precisely because the ships of the Black Sea Fleet could not move freely along the Black and Mediterranean Sea. And all this happened thanks to Turkey.
We all remember the Caribbean crisis of the 60s of the last century, but not everyone knows that it began because of Turkey. The United States secretly deployed its medium-range missiles in that country. Such actions angered the leading circles of the USSR and prompted them to send their missiles to Cuba. In the end, the parties made concessions. In the West it is now customary to say that the USSR was frightened of the USA and Khrushchev “softened”.
This theory puts the Soviet Union in a bad light; in fact, the United States simply exported its missiles from Turkey.
After all this, the President of Turkey became an honored guest of Putin. There is no point in arguing whether the parties will be able to conclude an agreement on the sale of the Su-35S and Su-57.
It is important to remember that the United States has just excluded Turkey from the F-35 Lightning II project because it disobeyed the United States and wanted to buy the S-400 Triumph long-range and medium-range Russian anti-aircraft missile system. When the Obama government refused to buy Turkey the Patriot PAC-3 air defense system, it did not think about the Russian factor, because Russia and Turkey were at war at that time.
In history, many major events happen by chance. The “failed coup d’etat” that Obama tried to arrange in Turkey has led to what we have at the moment. The S-400 became an expression of gratitude to Putin for saving him from the “unsuccessful coup”. Russian intelligence services on time revealed the insidious plan of the United States, and Putin managed to warn Erdogan in a day, thus securing a “friendship” with him. All this looks like a “cunning plan” directed against the United States. Subsequently, Turkey, who was in the American camp, began to cooperate on the Syrian issue with Russia.
In the West, there is an opinion that the behavior of Turkey testifies to the “decline” of the USA, which is gradually losing the ability to control the Middle East. The transition of Turkey to the side of Russia is a huge loss for the Americans. Trump is looking for ways to correct the “mistakes” made by Obama, trying to regain good relations with Turkey.
But Turkey has its own ambitions, it no longer agrees to be a “pawn” of the United States. Indirectly, this suggests that, according to Turkey, the United States is losing its power. Which country does not want to be strong? The Ottoman Empire once held a dominant position.
In the person of Turkey, Russia received not only a buyer of weapons. Cooperation between Russia, Turkey and Iran has become an important variable. Egypt could not recover from the “color revolution”. In the Middle East, an era of four giants came: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. If Russia manages to conclude an alliance with Turkey and Iran, half of the Middle East region will be under their power. Would Turkey listen to the United States when such seductive prospects opened up before her?
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