Publicado: Mier, Junio 26, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Erdogan says 'no backtrack' on Russian Federation missile deal

Erdogan says 'no backtrack' on Russian Federation missile deal

"Whatever sanctions will be decided, whatever statement would come from the United States, we have purchased S-400s and right now we are talking about when they will be delivered", Cavusoglu said.

Turkey has plans to buy 100 F-35s, and has lucrative contracts to build parts of the jet.

Abandoning or cancelling the S-400 deal with Russian Federation was "out of the question" with Turkey and Russian Federation already discussing the delivery dates of the missile systems, the pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah quoted Cavusolu as saying. "We will not refuse from these systems", Cavusolu was quoted as saying by Turkish news channel NTV during a joint press conference with Rwanda Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera in Turkish capital Ankara. "It is not possible for us to give up on the purchase of the S-400", he added. "God willing, the delivery of the S-400 will start next month", Erdogan said in a televised speech, restating his unwavering stance.

"These kinds of steps taken by the USA are not compatible with the partnership agreement or the law", he said, adding that Washington failed to agree with any of Turkey's proposals to resolve the issue.

The US has given Turkey a deadline of July 31 to drop the purchase of the S-400 system, or face sanctions and removal from the United States' F-35 fighter jet programme.

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Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400.

The minister also came down heavily on the US for stopping the training programme of Turkish pilots on the F-35 stealth fighters.

"There will be a disassociation with the F-35 system, we can not have the F-35 affected or destabilised by having this Russian system in the [NATO] alliance", Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters.

Turkey had emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance.

But Hutchison says Turkey does not appear ready "to retract on the sale".

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