Cavusoglu says Turkey may have to look for 'alternatives' to United States systems

Russia's S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system. File

Russia's S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system. File

Turkey will not bow to mounting United States pressure to drop its planned purchase of Russia's S-400, and will even buy more of them if Washington doesn't sell its Patriot systems.

It makes no sense to question Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership over its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems, which has fueled tensions with Washington, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said according to reports, adding that other members of the transatlantic alliance have already installed Russian S-300.

"It is not possible to both fly the F-35 in space where the S-400 is significantly operable", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing.

"And of course Russian Federation seeks to expand military and technical cooperation".

Inked in a $2.5 billion agreement with Moscow since in December 2017, NATO-member Turkey has been under increased pressure from allies in the U.S. to abandon the S-400 purchase. "They pose no threats despite being systems that are completely under Russian control, so will they pose a risk when the are in Turkey's control?" he said.

The Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, was passed in 2017 to impose sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation and combat those countries' influences across the globe.

Crude Oil Futures Settle Higher Despite Rise In Inventory
The bank now sees Brent prices at $72.50 per barrel in the second quarter, compared with $65 previously. Goldman Sachs said an oil supply deficit had opened up early this year.

"If we can't have the F-35 jets, we will be forced to satisfy our fighter jets need somewhere else", he emphasized.

Speaking to reporters on his return flight from Russia, Erdogan said he and Cavusoglu were constantly being pressured to abandon it the S-400 deal.

A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.

Turkey first joined the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in 2002 and has invested more than $1.25 billion.

Turkish firms have supplied the F-35 program with key components, including airframe structures and assemblies and the center fuselages.

Recommended News

  • 3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.
    Snapchat has been completely revamped for Android

    Snapchat has been completely revamped for Android

    Apple loves to highlight the fact that it has paid developers billions of dollars since the inception of the App Store. However, this is only the latest in a string of controversies surrounding Apple's enterprise certificates .
    Meghan Markle 'to give birth at home' like the Queen did

    Meghan Markle 'to give birth at home' like the Queen did

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child will automatically become a dual-US citizen due to their mum's American birth, according to the claims.
  • Marines Killed In Afghanistan Based Out Of Fort Devens

    Marines Killed In Afghanistan Based Out Of Fort Devens

    The statement further added that the wounded service members were evacuated and are receiving medical care. A Marine and longtime member of the FDNY in the Bronx was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
    NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

    NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

    Nashville finished off a tight three-team race for the division crown with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers said initial X-rays were negative but McDavid would be evaluated by team doctors on Sunday.
    New OnePlus 7 case renders leak online showing design

    New OnePlus 7 case renders leak online showing design

    By now, it is nearly a done deal that OnePlus will be doing away with the notch and bring in a pop-up selfie camera instead. The phone will feature a 6.5 inch AMOLED display carrying "world's fastest screen unlock" in-screen fingerprint sensor.
  • How to Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification? ExamSnap Guide on Microsoft 70-743 Exam

    Depending on your behavior, it can be determined whether or not you are using exam dumps and if so, penalties will be imposed. As you can see the retake policy is a bit lenient, but it is still wise to make sure that you pass at the first attempt.
    Rugby Australia blasts Folau over 'hell awaits homosexuals' comment

    Rugby Australia blasts Folau over 'hell awaits homosexuals' comment

    International Gay Rugby, the global organisation for the world's gay and inclusive rugby clubs, also hit out at the 30-year-old. Rugby Australia said it was aware of the post and had engaged the Rugby Australia Integrity Unit to investigate.
    Van Dijk admits he voted for Raheem Sterling as POTY

    Van Dijk admits he voted for Raheem Sterling as POTY

    Kane has had a relatively mixed campaign for Tottenham, spending a spell on the sidelines, but he has notched 17 Premier League goals.
  • Professional Sports Gambler Breaks Most Money Won In A Single ‘Jeopardy’ Game

    Professional Sports Gambler Breaks Most Money Won In A Single ‘Jeopardy’ Game

    And this record-breaking number holds a special meaning for Holzhauer: his daughter was born on November 9, 2014 (aka 11/09/14). He also offered a "Happy Birthday Booger" comment with his correct Final Jeopardy response.
    Ajax Draw Juve In First Leg Of Champions League Quarter-Final

    Ajax Draw Juve In First Leg Of Champions League Quarter-Final

    Ajax knocked out Real Madrid to reach this stage, and showed again why they are fast becoming a real force in European football. Instead of licking their wounds after the sucker-punch at the end of the first-half, Ajax wasted little time in responding.
    Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudis: statement

    Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudis: statement

    In fact it added: "Acts of wisdom and generosity arise from high morals and humanity and are not an admission of guilt or error". The White House said Trump used the call with the crown prince to discuss ways of "maintaining maximum pressure against Iran".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.