Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, visiting India last month, predictably raised the issue of India’s purchase of the Russian S-400 system with his interlocuters.
Nevertheless, even though Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952 and has contributed to the NATO alliance in many respects, such as storing American nuclear weapons in its İncirlik Base for many years, as well as hosting NATO’s Missile Defense Radar at a military base in Kürecik, it is obvious that Ankara will be facing numerous challenges in the next few years as a result of the decision to procure S-400s.
eliveries of the Russian air defense systems S-400 to Turkey, which began on July 12, 2019, claim to be a historic event that marks the beginning of a new stage in the development of the Republic of Turkey.
The recent S-400 conflict may lead to a new phase of relations between the two NATO allies.
While he is revising his political strategy to re-energize the AK Party and his constituency to maintain his strength, he is also trying to find the best approach to overcome the upcoming foreign policy crisis stemming mainly from Turkey's decision to purchase S-400s.
This time it is about Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
n a press meeting after a cabinet meeting yesterday, spokesman for the Turkish presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, told reporters that Turkey has long borders and different interests, which makes it possible for the country to buy both the S-400 and Patriot air defense system if necessary.
urkey is set to buy the S-400 missile defense system from Russia as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Ankara on Monday, announced that the deal would be finalized “this week.
ccording to Russia’s official TASS news agency, Russia’s state-run defense company Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov stated that “The cost of the S-400 deal with Turkey is worth more than $2 billion.
Saudi acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems was reportedly on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s agenda on his 2021 visit.
In addition, the Trump administration could not sufficiently refrain Congress on issues such as Turkey's removal from the F-35 program and sanctions following the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems.
The annexation of Crimea was a geopolitical loss for Turkey in 2014—Russia created a huge A2/AD (anti-access/area denial) bubble by deploying S-400 systems in the Crimean Peninsula covering the airspace of almost the whole Black Sea and northern parts of Turkey.
The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, TurkStream, and the S-400 missile defense system deals are the most outstanding examples.
New Delhi is already under fire for acquiring Moscow's S-400 missile defense system last year.
”Read: S-400 Sanctions: What Will Be the Price Paid by Turkey?“This is not just about boundaries; we cannot contain these problems within boundaries any more with the advancement of technologies.