‘Turkish gambit’: Trump is at risks of deep fall into Erdogan’s military trap

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WASHINGTON, (BM) – US President Donald Trump runs the risk of becoming a victim of the “Turkish gambit,” writes the American portal War on the Rocks.

According to analysts of the publication, Ankara is trying to get financial assistance from Washington, but is unlikely to refuse military cooperation with Russia in terms of the contract for the supply of S-400 systems.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent two military aircraft with medical aid to the United States to combat coronavirus. According to War on the Rocks, in parallel, the Turkish leader requested financial support from the US Federal Reserve.

“If Trump agrees, he will not only acquire the most expensive personal protective equipment, but also help pay a NATO member for the purchase of Russian military equipment, which the US has imposed sanctions on,” the publication ironically notes.

Recall that in September 2017 Ankara signed a contract with Moscow for the supply of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems. The United States and its allies in the Alliance regarded this step as Turkey’s turn from NATO to Russia.

Turkey received the first S-400 battery in July 2019, the second batch in September 2019, and 120 anti-aircraft missiles for the S-400 in January. Deliveries were made within the framework of the agreements, despite the active sanction pressure from Washington.

In late April, Turkey announced its decision to postpone the planned activation of the S-400 air defense system received from Russia in July last year, citing a situation related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some Western “optimists” believe that the economic crisis caused by the pandemic will force Erdogan to make concessions to Washington and abandon the Russian S-400s – to conserve the systems or return them to Moscow. However, apparently, they will be disappointed.

“Turkey will not turn its back on Russia and return to NATO and transatlantic values,” writes the American portal War on the Rocks.

This was indirectly confirmed by the press secretary of Erdogan, who said that activation of the S-400, despite the delay, would be implemented as previously planned.

According to the publication, the recent Turkish leader’s curtsey toward the United States was caused more by tactical necessity. However, in the future, writes War on the Rocks, Ankara will continue to work closely with Russia and operate the weapons purchased from Moscow.


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