Turkey: Cavusoglu, purchase of Russian missiles completed

US requests rejected despite halt in F-35 sales

03 April, 17:49

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 3 - ''The contract of acquisition'' by Turkey of the S-400 Russian anti-missile defense system ''has been completed'', Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said . The US had asked the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to go forward and suspended the sale of their F-35 jets, considering them in danger in case of coexistence with Moscow's missiles.

    This is the first confirmation of the agreement with Moscow after the announcement of the preventive suspension of equipment for the American fighter jets. Over the past few months, Turkey had repeatedly ruled out pulling back from the agreement with Moscow, saying that the first group of S-400 would be sent in July.

    ''Turkey must not choose between Russia and the others, relations with Russia are not an alternative'', said Cavusoglu speaking from Washington, where he is attending a Nato summit.

    He explained that the creation of a ''joint technical working group'' was proposed a reassurance that the Russian missiles posed no threat and that they will not be integrated with the ''Nato systems and the F-35''. The program of the F-35 is wide-ranging and ''Turkey is part of it'', said Cavusoglu.

    ''As far as the Patriot (missiles) are concerned, the United States made us a last offer but there is no guarantee for the deal'', he added. He claimed that President Donald Trump's administration acknowledged that the proposed sale made by the Obama administration was a bad deal for Ankara and that negotiations have been going on for too long, leading Turkey to buy the S-400. (ANSAmed).

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