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

If US holds back Patriots Turkey could buy more S-400s

If US holds back Patriots Turkey could buy more S-400s

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.

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"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.

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