Erdogan: S-400s will serve NATO interests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US media discuss various scenarios about the Russian S-400s from which Turkey received the first components. Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile batteries has led to speculation in recent weeks about the future of Ankara’s relations with Washington and Moscow.

An article published Monday, July 15 by the website of the Iranian news agency Mizan elaborates a synthesis against a background of various scenarios and possible hypotheses in connection with this case, including an article recently published by the Washington Post, which writes:

“Despite the strong objections and threats of sanctions raised by the United States, Turkey on Friday received the first batch of a sophisticated system of Russian ground-to-air missiles, marking a milestone difficult of Ankara within the North Atlantic Alliance, NATO.”

The delivery of the S-400 to Ankara shows, according to the Washington Post , the will of the Turkish president to get closer to Moscow, even if it runs the risk of sanctions emanating from the American law, and which are exercised on any country having signed agreements with the Russian military industry. “The US government has already sent various messages to Ankara about the consequences of the Russian S-400 purchase agreement.”

“Economic boycott, ban of visa issuance and prohibition of purchase of any kind of US military or defensive equipment”; this is the list of sanctions that would hit Turkey in accordance with a US law passed in 2017, the newspaper adds.

US state and defense departments have already warned that the delivery of at least 100 F-35 fighter jets would be suspended, adding that it will now be impossible for Turkey to contribute to the manufacture of parts of this aircraft multirole. This would be a blow to Turkish producers, not without negatively impacting on Turkish-American talks about Syria, writes the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Carnegie Institute researcher and former European Union ambassador to Turkey, Marc Perini, rightly recalls that this is the first time Russia has directly installed sophisticated Russian-made military equipment in a country member of NATO.

“Despite the history of historical ties of hostility, the two countries seem to have found common ground on this: Russia will maintain the status of confrontation with NATO, while Turkey will save its face. In addition, US anti-Turkish sanctions will act as another factor of Turkey-Russia rapprochement. One could even expect that Turkey will sign an agreement with the Russians to buy Sukhoi Su-57 planes, which would also satisfy the Russian wish to see the atmosphere of trust between the members destroyed. of NATO.”

According to the Washington Post , the suspension by the United States of flying training courses for the F-35 and the cancellation of the delivery of fighter jets already purchased by Ankara reveal the great American concern that Russians access the technology used in the design of this American fighter.

The S-400 system includes an advanced radar capable of detecting aircraft and other targets, and the United States has consistently opposed Turkey’s acquisition of such equipment, which is deeply troubling to Washington in many areas. respects.

The purchase of these missiles places Russian technology on the territory of a key NATO ally which, according to the Washington Post newspaper, operated as an “antenna from which strikes in Syria were organized.”

“US officials fear that Russian engineers charged with installing S-400 missile batteries purchased by Ankara will not find much information about US-built combat aircraft that are also part of Turkey’s arsenal.”

On this background, some experts say that the biggest concern of the White House is the interception of the flight route of US F-35 by the Russian S-400, much like what is currently the case in the Middle East and in the Baltic Sea. That being said, other American media, including the New York Times, believe that Ankara’s decision to buy S-400 missile batteries from Russia is mainly due to the lack of trust, on the Turkish side, towards the United States, and growing Turkish-Russian cooperation.

It is as if Turkey, following the so-called American withdrawal from the Middle East, was distancing itself from the West, especially since Russian influence seems to be strengthening in the region. And yet, this assumption should not make us ignore another scenario, as plausible, that has not escaped the US media.

Let us not forget that Turkey is conducting close cooperation with the United States on the Idlib front in the north-west of Syria and against the operations of the Syrian army supported by Russia.

Similarly, the United States and Israel have been trying unsuccessfully since 2018 to penetrate the enigma of Russian S-300 and S-400 missiles. Would the purchase of Russian S-400 by Ankara not be a Turkish-American-Israeli complicity in carrying out this plan together?

Many things reinforce the probability of this scenario. The Turkish president proposed a “joint” management of Turkish S-400s. Despite threats of punishment relayed by the media, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said be informed by his US counterpart that Turkey would not be punished, in case of purchase of Russian S-400.

Erdogan says he is confident that “disputes over the purchase of the Russian S-400 will be resolved without any problem”. “My American counterpart will eventually support me,” he says.

At the same time, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced that the purchase of S-400 was a necessity and not a choice. The Turkish general insisted that the purchase of Russian S-400 missile batteries would not mean a change in Ankara’s strategy. And it would be useful to recall also that the Pentagon has suspended indefinitely any meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Turkey. The Turkish S-400 would not they be a trap by Moscow?

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