Turkey may temporarily store Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in Azerbaijan

Turkey Has Released a Turkish Language Advertisement of the Russian 5th Generation Su-57

Turkey Has Released a Turkish Language Advertisement of the Russian 5th Generation Su-57

"Yes and no", according to a member of a senior Turkish delegation visiting Washington this week, suggesting there was still room for negotiation, and Ankara was trying to find a way to avoid a collision course with Washington.

"Turkey is clearly not an adversary of the United States", Akar said, adding that its procurement of the S-400 system should not therefore be considered within the scope of USA sanctions created to target America's enemies. The Turkish minister also expressed hope that other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries would also keep their commitments to Turkey. "We believe that all disagreements can and should be resolved".

In March, the Turkish pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper wrote that the first S-400 station point in Turkey would be an Air Force Base near Ankara, citing military sources.

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase Russia's system.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington had told Ankara it could face retribution for buying the S-400s under a sanctions law known as Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSAA).

"He may have a good case to make to the Congress", he said. "Unlike SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Curtis] Scaparrotti and several senior United States officials, the White House has never uttered the "S-400s or F-35s - not both' formula, so the Turks are putting their faith in Trump". The contract with Russian Federation for the S-400 is not the only hindrance to the F-35 deal but also Ankara's unwillingness to make concessions to Washington in order to save the fighter jets deal, as interpretations are likely to emerge that Turkey is under pressure and has retreated.

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"Rather than using language of threats from sanctions against Turkey, I think the people here in Congress as well as this administration should understand Turkey's security concerns", he said.

"Because it really comes down to this technical issue".

Tensions between the USA and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.

Washington warned Ankara of its purchase of the S-400 system, and in early April suspended delivery of parts and other services related to F-35 jets.

Akar said the objective of the S-400s is to protect Ankara and Istanbul, so they would be deployed in Turkey's western regions; the F-35s would be deployed in Turkey's southeastern province of Malatya - close to the Syrian border. At the same time, US Defense Department Spokesman Eric Pahon told TASS that the Department is not considering creating such a group with Turkey.

He noted that despite appeals from the US, Turkey will not abandon the purchase of the S-400. "We do not want the F-35 jeopardized by any Russian technology".

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