U.S. in talks with Turkey over Patriot system sale

Генерал США увидел угрозу для НАТО от приобретения Турцией систем С-400

Генерал США увидел угрозу для НАТО от приобретения Турцией систем С-400

Turkey has attracted criticism from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over its planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense systems from Russian Federation, which could jeopardize Ankara's purchase of Lockheed Martin made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Such a deal could smooth over tensions that surfaced when Turkey agreed to buy a Russian S-400 missile system, a move that prompted U.S. lawmakers to consider blocking the sale of F-35 fighter jets to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Turkey is striving to boost its air defense, particularly after Washington decided in 2015 to withdraw its Patriot surface-to-air missile system from Turkey's border with Syria, a move that weakened Turkey's air defense. In April, Russia announced it had begun producing two S-400 air defense systems for Turkey.

Some lawmakers want to prevent Ankara from taking delivery of the 100 advanced US-made F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter jets it ordered.

According to the representative of the state Department, Washington is negotiating with Ankara and "trying to give the Turks to understand that we can do via the Patriot".

"Ultimately we are concerned that by purchasing these systems from the Russians it will be supportive of some of the least good behavior that we have seen from them (Russia) in various places including Europe but also elsewhere", Kaidanow she said further.

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She said that Washington wants defense systems acquired by U.S. allies "to support the strategic relationship - and in the case of Turkey that is Patriots".

Turkish officials said that there is no exact agreement between Turkey and the US over purchasing the Raytheon Co.

USA officials and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have repeatedly warned Ankara that the Russian missile system could not be integrated into the system of defensive Alliance.

Turkey's plans to purchase the S-400 system is only the most recent cause for the growing tension between Turkey and the United States.

The S-400 system, whose full name is the Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS), is an advanced Russian missile system created to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away. Ankara has been disappointed with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not supporting Turkey's fight against terrorism and the lack of cooperation in meeting its defense needs.

USA officials attended the Farnborough Air Show in the U.K. Monday to showcase the system.

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