Pompeo expresses disappointment over Turkey's acquisition of Russian missiles

Turkey and the Russia's Deadly S-400: The Air Defense System That Changed Everything

Turkey and the Russia's Deadly S-400: The Air Defense System That Changed Everything

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday "conveyed the United States' disappointment" over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system, Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a readout.

US President Donald Trump will meet with senators amid pressure on the White House to impose sanctions on Turkey for buying Russia's S-400 air defence systems, US media reported Sunday, citing people familiar with the discussions. Finally, amidst possible sanctions, which would unavoidably hit the Turkish defense sector's ties-not only with American entities but also with Europe-Russia may well become an indispensable arms supplier for Turkey. S-400 deliveries to Turkey began on July 12, 2019.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo had a phone conversation on Saturday, in which they discussed the F-35 fighter jet program and S-400 air defense systems issues and Syria, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara signed a contract in 2017 to purchase the S-400s from Russian Federation. It is created to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground installations.

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