Turkey wants to buy Patriot missile systems, but will not abandon the S-400
ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey’s position on the purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia was unchanged, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Interfax.
“Our position on the S-400 deal has remained unchanged,” the Turkish foreign minister told reporters.
“Russia, and we must recognize that we’re neighbors and a very important players in the region. Therefore, we (Turkey, BM) should cooperate with Moscow, although this is not always easy,” he said, noting that the Turkish side “works with Russia, when it’s possible”.
At the same time, Cavusoglu emphasized Ankara’s readiness to purchase Patriot air defense systems from the USA.
“We (Turkey, BM) are ready to purchase American Patriot systems if we receive a good offer,” the minister explained.
Cavusoglu noted that “Turkey will never jeopardize the integrity of the NATO defense system.”
Ankara has repeatedly stated that it intends to complete the deployment of the S-400 by April 2020. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in January that Russian S-400 air defense systems would be fully operational in April or May.
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