Turkey has finalised a deal to buy Russian S-400 missiles, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday night, in an agreement that brings with it the threat of United States sanctions and even risks undermining the country's role in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Turkey and the United States have sparred publicly for months over Ankara's order for the S-400s, which are not compatible with NATO's systems. The move would also see Turkey locked out of receiving the next generation of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US.
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"From the Russian perspective, there is no strong incentive to help Turkey", he said.
"Turkey is being squeezed between Russian Federation and the USA, and it's ... very hard for Erdogan to emerge as the victor", said Wolfango Piccoli of the London-based consultancy Teneo.
Turkey has already bought S-400 defense systems from Russian Federation and hopes they will be delivered in July, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, an announcement likely to ratchet up tensions with Washington on the issue.
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Defence Minister Hulusi Akar fuelled such a suggestion when he said in April that S-400s would "probably" be stationed in Istanbul and Ankara. The US claims that operating the Russian missiles and the F-35 simultaneously would give Russia access to their aircraft's secrets.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey has signed up to buying 100 F-35s and has invested heavily in the F-35 programme.
As well as these immediate responses, the S-400 deal threatens to undermine Turkey's role in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - a cornerstone of its security policy since it joined in 1952.
He also said that a meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin is to be held in Japan.
The air defense system would be delivered to Turkey in July, the president added. Besides, the contents of the letter was released by media representatives; we consider it inacceptable and are preparing a response to it. The US has so far snubbed the proposal. The issue has strained already tense ties between the US and Turkey. Turkey has contacted Russian Federation, which signed a deal last September to jointly monitor the ceasefire in Idlib.
Turkey and Russian Federation support opposite sides in the Syrian war, with Turkey one of the last Western nations to openly back the rebels, but they have worked closely in recent years to reduce the fighting and find a political resolution of the eight-year conflict that has killed more than a half-million people and unleashed one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II.