ANKARA, (BM) – The Russian S-400 missile defense system will arrive shortly and be put into active use, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın statement.
“Work is underway to determine its future positioning,” he added.
“S-400 is not a defense system that can pose threats within our NATO security system,” Kalın said.
Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian-made defense system has been one of the reasons for the strained ties with Turkey’s NATO ally, the U.S., which has argued that the Russian system will compromise the security of NATO systems, particularly the F-35 stealth jet fighter.
At the same time Turkish people back the government in the purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia. A survey revealed Thursday that 44 percent of participants expressed their support, saying that the missiles “should be purchased.”
Kadir Has University released the results of its annual public perception survey of Turkish foreign policy for 2019 yesterday. The survey of 1,000 people from 26 provinces above the age of 18 asked questions regarding recent significant developments in Turkey’s foreign policy to find the perspective of the people on these issues.
According to the results, 44 percent think that the S-400 missiles should be purchased despite the threat of sanctions from the U.S., which is a point that was specified within the respective question. Approximately 26.1 percent of participants indicated that there is a “strategic partnership” between Turkey and Russia.
However, it was also revealed that the Turkish public, 20.6 percent, see ties with U.S. as the biggest problem with the country’s foreign policy. The cross-border terrorist threats, on the other hand, came as the second biggest issue with 18.3 percent.
The U.S. is still regarded as the biggest threat to Turkey according to 82.3 percent, a remarkable increase from 60.2 percent last year. When asked how they regard relations between the U.S. and Turkey, 39.4 percent responded that the U.S. is an “unreliable” country. When it comes to the biggest problem between the U.S. and Turkey, 60.5 percent said the fight against terrorism, followed by 37.3 percent saying the support of the U.S. to the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The second biggest threat, on the other hand, was Israel, again with 70.8 percent.
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Tranclator editor: Monika Evgenieva
Source: Daily Sabah