Turkey Buys Different Fighter Jets, if U.S. Doesn’t Transfer F-35 to Ankara – Mevlut Cavusoglu
ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey will buy fighter jets from different place, if Washington doesn`t transfer F-35 to Ankara, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu statement in a live broadcast of the TGRT television channel on Monday.
“We treat seriously the production of national armaments. But the F-35s are new technologies and that is why we contributed $1.4 billion and became partners in the program of their development. However, if they do not transfer them to us, we will meet our requirements for fighter jets in a different place: this was the case with S-400 systems as well,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Turkey is ready to take counter-measures, if the United States imposes sanctions over the delivery of Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems, Cavusoglu added.
“If the United States takes measures against us, we will respond with counter-measures. Of course, we would like our relations to continue as two NATO partners. But if they display a hostile attitude towards us, we will take counter-measures,” he said.
According to Cavusoglu, S-400s are more advanced air defense systems compared to US Patriot surface-to-air missile launchers.
“The Russian-made S-400s are more advanced air defense systems compared to the American Patriots,” the Turkish foreign minister said. According to Cavusoglu, Ankara plans “to deploy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems before 2020.” Meanwhile, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar earlier said that the deployment of S-400s would begin in October 2019.
The Turkish foreign minister also noted that “S-400s are the systems intended to ensure peace in the region.”
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