Tayyip Erdogan (President of Turkey) described that the country still aimed to purchase a 2nd set of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, an action that would probably increase a gap with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) coalition Washington and activate novel American sanctions.
The United States stated that the S-400s develop danger to its F-35 aircraft (fighter jet) and also pose a threat to North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s wider defense systems. Moreover, the Turkish president explains that his country was not able to manufacture air defense systems from any North Atlantic Treaty Organization member on satisfactory terms.
On Sunday, in an interview on CBS News, the President of Turkey described that in the upcoming years, nobody is going to be able to interrupt in terms of what sort of defense system they get, from which nation at what level. He continued that nobody can interfere with that, and they are the only country to go with such decisions.
In December, America put sanctions on Ismail Demir (Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate and its head) and 3 other workers after the nation’s attainment of the 1st batch of S400s.
Negotiations are under process between Turkey and Russia about the sending of the 2nd batch of S-400s, which the United States has reiteratively described it would almost certainly put novel sanctions.
America struggles to stop Turkey from buying new S-400
A spokesman of the State Department, when asked about the Turkish President’s remarks, explained that they urge Tukey at every step and chance not to hold the S-400 defense system and to refrain from buying any further Russian military equipment.
The spokesperson said that they continue to make clear to Turkey that any important novel Russian arms buying would danger triggering CAATSA 231 sanctions separate in addition to those sanctions put in December 2020. Furthermore, he even explained that America respects Turkey as a member, good friend and finds paths to boost their partnership even when they disagree.
On Wednesday, the Turkish President is going to meet with Vladimir Putin (Russian President) to negotiate problems, including the violence in northwestern Syria. Besides this, Erdogan even explained that Joe Biden (American President) never highlighted the problem of the human rights track record of Turkey that is seen as highly upsetting by international rights advocacy organizations, describing to a news company, Reuters.