Turkey cannot accept the constant pressure of the United States on the issue of acquiring Russian S-400 air defense systems; the deal with Russia has been completed and will not be reviewed, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan said.
“Let the United States first correct its mistake that they did not sell us (the latest fighter jets) F-35 under the pretext of the S-400. The constant pressure on us because of the S-400 is unacceptable; we cannot agree with this. The deal with Russia is over; there is no way back,” Erdogan told Turkish journalists during a visit to the United States. The Hurriyet newspaper quotes him.
Russia and Turkey signed a contract for a regimental set of S-400 in 2017; the supply of air defense systems to the Turkish side was carried out in the summer-autumn of 2019. The deal caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States: Washington demanded to purchase American Patriot complexes in return, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA (the law “On Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions”).
Ankara is not going to abandon the S-400. Moreover, Erdogan said at the end of August that he had no doubts about buying a second regiment of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.