Turkey to respond US sanctions

Russia, Turkey continue talks on joint S-400 production 

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ANKARA /MOSCOW: Turkey will retaliate if the United States imposes sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday. Such sanctions would be unacceptable. We will take retaliatory measures in case of a hostile adversary attitude, Cavusoglu said in an interview with private TV channel TGRT News. This is neither a threat nor a bluff, he added.

 When asked about the US decision to remove Turkey from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program, the Turkish minister said if Turkey doesn’t get the 100 aircraft it has ordered, Ankara will meet its demands from other sources until it produces its own. US President Donald Trump is expected to hold a meeting on Tuesday with Republican senators at the White House to discuss potential sanctions against Turkey.

 Meanwhile, Moscow and Ankara are in talks regarding the joint production of parts of the S-400 air defense system, the head of Russian weapons exporting company Rostec said on Monday. Turkey takes interest in the latest Russian combat modules, air defense systems of various ranges and anti-tank systems, Sergey Chemezov said in an interview with Anadolu Agency in Moscow. According to him, the two countries are holding talks about possible Russian assistance to Turkey in creating a national long-range air defense system.

 Moscow and Ankara are holding consultations in the area of the licensed production of the S-400 air defense system component parts. Besides, Turkey is interested in the latest Russian combat modules, air defense systems of various ranges, as well as anti-tank systems. Negotiations are underway for Russia’s help to Republic of Turkey in creating its national air defense and long-range missile defense systems, he said.

 Chemezov recalled that Russia had accelerated the S-400 delivery to Turkey. Such a practice in the world arms market is rare. But Russian industry confirmed its capabilities, and we go strictly by the schedule. First deliveries of the system component parts were carried out this month, he said. Chemezov praised Turkey as one of Russia’s and Rostec’s key partners.

 Military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Ankara demonstrates positive dynamics. Thanks to a close and constructive dialogue between the political leadership of our countries and business contacts between industrial circles and institutions, we are successfully overcoming attempts by competitors to interfere in our relations. We have a number of joint projects for the development of advanced aircraft and helicopter systems, components for armored vehicles, after-sales service of the supplied weapons, Chemezov said.

 

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