Turkey wants F-35 and MIM-104 Patriot without preconditions

ANKARA, ($1=14.82 Turkish Liras) — The idea of ​​Turkey providing Ukraine with the S-400 air defense systems recently purchased from Russia is gaining ground in the world’s media, which is becoming a link between governments. President’s Communications Director Fahrettin Alton responded to the argument for the deployment of a Turkish S-400 in Ukraine, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenseTurk.

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Paul Kolbe, former director of the CIA, the US Department of Foreign Intelligence, recently said: “Turkey should give S-400 to Ukraine and the US should give F-35 to Turkey.” President’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun made a statement to the WSJ on the matter.

In a statement made by Alton, “Turkey, which sees EU membership as a strategic goal and is proud of its NATO membership, expects to receive the attitude it deserves from the West. Confidence-building measures, not informal proposals, need to be taken to restore the connection. To support Mr. Kolbe’s argument, what the West needs to do is deliver F-35 fighter jets and Patriot batteries to Turkey without preconditions.”

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the United States withdrew Turkey from the F-35 program because of the delivery of the S-400. Six F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, manufactured by the American company Lockheed Martin for Turkey, were placed in US military depots. On the other hand, supplies from Turkish defense companies producing under the program were also suspended.

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Delivery of S-400 to Turkey

In September 2017, Turkey signed a $ 2.5 billion agreement with the Russian Federation to supply two squadrons [4 batteries] of the S-400 anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile [SAM] systems in the “emergency” range. With this agreement, Turkey became the first NATO country to deliver S-400s from Russia.

Under the agreement, supplies of parts, including the first S-400 fleet worth $ 1.3 billion, were delivered to the Turkish Air Force in July 2019.

In response to Ankara’s decision to buy the Russian system, the United States reacted very sharply. In a statement in October 2020, President Erdogan said Ankara would not give up the S-400 system despite pressure from Washington.

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As a result of these reactions, the United States imposed an embargo on the supply of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets to Turkey in December 2020.

In July 2021, Alexander Mikheev, chief executive of Russia’s state arms dealer Rosoboronexport [part of the state-owned Rostec technology company], told reporters at the MAKS-2021 air show that Rosoboronexport would develop a project to supply more S-400 batches for Turkey.


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