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Turkey could buy more Russian missiles despite US warnings

Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the U.S.

9/26/2021 3:45:00 PM

Turkey ’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the U.S.

Turkey ’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States

In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to decide its defense systems on its own.Speaking to correspondent Margaret Brennan in New York this past week, Erdogan explained that Turkey wasn't given the option to buy American-made Patriot missiles and the U.S. hadn't delivered F-35 stealth jets despite a payment of $1.4 billion. Erdogan's comments came in excerpts released in advance of the full interview being broadcast Sunday.

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NATO member Turkey was kicked out of the F-35 program and defense officials were sanctioned after it bought the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system. The U.S. strongly objects to the use of Russian systems within NATO and says it poses a threat to the F-35s. Turkey maintains the S-400s could be used independently without being integrated into NATO systems and therefore pose no risk.

The U.S. also sanctioned Turkey in 2020 for its purchase under a 2017 law aimed at pushing back Russian influence. The move was the first time that the law, known as CAATSA, was used to penalize a U.S. ally.But Erdogan has remained defiant. “Of course, of course, yes,” Erdogan said after stating Turkey would make its own defense choices, in response to Brennan’s question on whether Turkey would buy more S-400s.

Before departing New York, Erdogan told journalists that relations with PresidentJoe Bidenhadn't started well despite what he called his good work with previous U.S. leaders during his 19-years at Turkey's helm.“I cannot honestly say that there is a healthy process in Turkish-American relations,” state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Erdogan as saying Thursday.

The two leaders didn't meet for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Since Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential election, they have met only in June at a NATO summit where they discussed the possibility of Turkey securing and operating the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. But that has been shelved since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Erdogan also told Turkish media that Turkey would buy new missile defense systems if needed and that it was already developing its own.The issue is one of several sticking points in Turkish-American relations that also include Turkey's human rights record, U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish fighters who Turkey considers terrorists, and the continued U.S. residency of a Muslim cleric accused of plotting the failed coup attempt against Erdogan’s government in 2016.

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Just wondering when the US government realize that Recep Erdogan is a big threat to the world. His speech in UN showed it again. He wants to restore the Ottomans Empire and reinforce the role of Islamic States globally with the leading role of his country. America has turned into The Mob. 'Buy from us, or else...' To hell with that. A mans family is 1. Not his loyalty to a distant nation. Turkey needs to think about Turkey and being forced to purchase an inferior weapons system 'or else' isnt freedom, its tyranny at its finest

Turkey is not on the side of Democracy. Their War Crimes against Kurds s/b investigated by IntlCrimCourt Stuff Turkey It’s funny that when African leaders say their mind,they always end up being killed or removed ;but North korean’s leader is still there in power,even Erdogan is still well and sound. Talk about freedom

maybe if turkey wants russian defenses they should be removed from nato. They will use their drug money profits to do it too. Turkey should be removed from the NATO alliance. I would think Erdogan overwhelmingly prefers cozying up to dictators, since he is one too.

Erdogan: Turkey could buy more Russian S-400 missilesAnkara would consider buying another Russian missile system as per its defence needs, says Turkey ’s President Erdogan in an interview with American broadcaster CBS News That previous Russian deal cost them American F-35 jets. That's great to know.Turkey should invest more in the defense sector to make it strong and enhance it's power and ability.

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