UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey has confirmed it will use Russia’s S-400 missile defense system despite US threats of sanctions, a defense ministry official said on Saturday.
The purchase and delivery of the Russian missile system to Turkey in July has raised considerable tension in relations between the United States and Turkey, NATO allies.
“We are not going to use a system we bought because we needed it and we paid him this amount of money in order to please someone,” Ismail Defense Minister Ismail Demir told CNN Turk.
“We will do our part and it will be usable. (But) how to use it will be the subject of a later decision.”
“We must respect the agreement we have signed and that is what suits us as a country,” he said.
The issue was raised during talks in Washington this week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump.
After talks at the White House, Erdogan and Trump held a joint press conference on Wednesday, during which the US president said that Ankara’s purchase of the system “S-400” “is a very serious challenge for us, and we talk about it permanently.”
He said the foreign ministers of the two countries and national security advisers “will work immediately to resolve the S-400 issue.”
Ntidah to buy Ankara “S-400” system, was excluded from the development of the program “F-35” US.
Washington has repeatedly said it would not sell its F-35 fighter jets to countries operating the S-400, fearing information about the capabilities of the planes could reach Moscow.
On Friday, Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said: “It is not possible to go back, Turkey will activate the S-400.”
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