Kyiv and Moscow are part of Turkey’s new weapons policy
ANKARA, BM, ($1= 8.47 Turkish Liras) – Turkey sees no problem in selling weapons to Ukraine, as well as continuing co-operation between Ankara and Moscow on the production and delivery of the next batch of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. This was stated in a statement by Mucahit Kucukyilmaz, a senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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According to Kucukyilmaz, Ankara is closely following its needs and interests in its communication and partnership with other countries, will continue to do so, and Turkey’s allies should not worry about Ankara’s foreign policy. “Turkey, by establishing relations with one country, does not create problems in relations with another. We separate apples from pears,” he said, RIA Novosti reported.
These words were necessary because of dissatisfaction with Moscow in recent weeks and concerns in the Kremlin’s governing bodies that Ankara was selling drones to Ukraine and that it was currently building a new corvette for the Ukrainian navy, which was to be handed over to Kyiv after two years in 2023.
According to Kuchukilmaz, Turkey and Russia have many points of contact in their military-technical cooperation. He cited as an example the Russian S-400 air defense system and the fact that so far this missile system fully satisfies the country’s defense needs and guarantees its territorial security.
“For the S-400, our position has always been extremely open. What we tell the public about the S-400 is really what we think. <…> Military-technical cooperation with Russia meets Turkey’s needs and will continue. in the same way as military-technical cooperation with Western countries,” Kucukyilmaz said.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Ukraine was one of the first countries to acquire Turkish Bayraktar drones after Ankara “advertised” its drones with successful operations in Libya, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly against Russian weapons systems.
Earlier this month, Ankara managed to get out of a difficult situation due to US economic sanctions, due to Turkey’s purchase of the S-400. The United States has not issued an export license for its engines that power Turkish Attack 2 helicopters. However, Ankara has received similar engines from Ukrainian manufacturer Motor Sich, solving an important problem that will allow Turks to fulfill their export contracts with other countries.
Attacks on the political scene by other countries against Turkey continue. Greece, for example, hoped Europe would impose an arms embargo on Turkey, but this did not happen and Ankara received a new German-made submarine.
“I cannot help but express our deep disappointment with the role of the SPD about the proposals for an arms embargo on Turkey. “Both Prime Minister Mitsotakis and I have spoken many times to almost everyone in Germany about the need to keep the balance in the Aegean,” were the words of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias nearly a month ago.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Ankara has repeatedly stated its desire to produce Russian S-400 air defense systems together with Russia, and at one point it was rumored that Erdogan’s interests led to the conscientious production of the latest Russian S-500 air defense system. So far there is no officially confirmed information that this will happen.
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