ANKARA, (BM) – Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, acquired by Turkey about a year ago, will be deployed in Libya, blocking the airspace of this country from the appearance of any drones and airplanes in the sky, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Turkish Daily Sabah.
A similar decision is made on the basis that a number of countries are actively helping the Libyan National Army, and therefore, the forces of the Government of National Accord of Libya and Turkey are quickly losing their advantage.
“Since more than just a missile system is at stake, Ankara wants to maintain a balance between Moscow and Washington, preferring not to risk its relations on the one hand at the expense of the other. One of the most profitable scenarios that can be taken by the three main parties is the deployment of the S-400 system in Libya in accordance with security agreements and military operations between Ankara and Tripoli and after coordination with Moscow and Washington,” the Turkish Daily reported. Sabah.
On the other hand, experts note that such a proposal will not be supported neither from Russia, which opposes the re-export of its weapons and supporting the forces of the Libyan National Army nor from Washington Washington, as this will enable Russia, in the opinion of the United States, to control this region.
Turkey was supposed to activate the S-400 systems in April, but postponed it due to the coronavirus
Turkey’s plans to activate the S-400 missile defense systems it acquired from Russia last year are still being implemented, despite a long delay in their activation. BulgarianMilitary.com annouced this information on March 27, 2020.
Then, the missile systems, which were supposed to be activated in April, caused a split between Turkey and its Western allies, which say that Russian technology can lead to tricks against NATO’s advanced weapons, the channel recalls.
The spokesman of Turkish president Ibrahim Kalin told then that Turkey would willingly work with countries to alleviate any security concerns that they “might have about the S-400 being compatible or not compatible with NATO’s defense system.”
But Kalin said Turkey’s plans to activate the S-400 have not changed.
“Because of the COVID-19 virus, everything was postponed, but in principle, we adhere to our agreement for the S-400, as before,” he emphasized.
We add that the Turkish government did not explain why the coronavirus pandemic caused a delay in the activation of S-400. Some observers say Turkey may refrain from activating missiles as it tries to forge relations with the US that have been tainted by disagreements, including the purchase of Russian systems.
The United States suspended Turkey from participating in the F-35 fighter program and suspended its orders for new-generation jet aircraft after it received its first batch of S-400 in July 2019.
The U.S. Congress also compiled a list of sanctions against Turkey in connection with the purchase under the CAATSA Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in 2017, although Senate leader Mitch McConnell has so far abstained from raising the issue in the upper house.
In addition, David Satterfield, the US ambassador to Turkey, said on April 30 that the Turkish government would risk both CAATSA sanctions and “additional autonomous legislative sanctions” if it activates the S-400.
Turkish officials say the S-400 will be activated as planned, but Kalin echoed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s earlier remarks that Turkey could also buy American Patriot missile systems.
Turkey has already deployed significant weapons and weapons systems in Libya
In recent months, Turkey has deployed many air defense systems in Syria and Libya, experts say, surveyed by Forbes magazine on July 7.
It is noted that Turkey deployed air defense in Syria and Libya to deter and protect against air strikes, including with the help of drones, which its competitors use in these war zones.
According to the Washington Institute for Middle Eastern Policy: “The combination of mid-range Hawk MIM-23 missile systems manufactured in the USA, Hisar short-range SAM and Korkut anti-aircraft guns created multi-level protection over critical infrastructure and reduced the threat to GNA from unmanned aerial vehicles.”
“This protection, combined with an increase in the number of Turkish operators and equipment, has allowed Libyan government forces to increase the number and effectiveness of their unmanned operations,” the report said.
Turkish military analyst Metin Gurkan recently noted that “mid-altitude and high-altitude air defense is vital for air supremacy on the Sirt al-Jufra axis, but remains a problem for Turkey, although it was ensured through the deployment of Hisar air defense systems in Libya” .
Gurkan further noted that the much more advanced high-altitude S-400s that Turkey acquired from Russia were not activated, but “there is no question” of the prospects of deploying these complex missiles to Libya.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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