Turkey has warned the West that it will continue to buy missiles

Turkey has said it will continue to turn to other suppliers of defense weapons if it fails to supply conventional Western allies, suggesting that Ankara's decision to buy Russian missiles could be’ repeated.

Turkey has warned the West that it will continue to buy missiles

In a ministerial interview on Thursday, the Turkish military needed an upgrade far beyond the scope of its current purchase of its state-of-the-art S-400 system from Moscow.

"If you don't want me to buy it elsewhere, you need to sell it," Cavusoglu said. "If you don't, we will continue to buy from elsewhere. Today, it could be the S400. Tomorrow, there will be another system. It doesn't matter.

These views are a clear statement so far in which Ankara's defense intends to significantly upgrade its air defense capabilities, even more provocatively with its partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Even at the cost of relationships. Although a draft agreement with Russia for a second S-400 battery already exists, the minister indicated that Turkey would not stop there.

We need more than two batteries. "Two, three, five [batteries] until we're ready," Cavusoglu said, referring to Turkey's potential for decades of civil war in an unstable part of the world, especially in neighboring Syria. Referring to the dangers.

Patriot replacement

Turkey has been at war with the United States over its Patriot missile system for years, and Washington has refused to comply with technology transfer demands. The decision to buy the S-400 sparked a relationship with Washington that has soured other issues, and the Trump administration has stopped Ankara from stopping the development of modern F-35 fighter jets.

The United States says the Russian system could gather important information about NATO operations, including the F-35.

The United States recently proposed the Patriots as part of resolving the stalemate, including Turkey abandoning the S-400. Ankara has so far refused to go along with the threat of US sanctions, saying it would not change its mind on the defense issue.

Election battle

Cavusoglu said US-made missiles were still an alternative to Turkey, but that such a purchase could not be imposed’ on Ankara.

Turkey has not yet activated the S-400, which was shipped’ last year, leading some observers to conclude that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the raw material for Turkish President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. They want to avoid getting involved in politics. Resolved later.

Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have cooperated in some flashpoints in the Middle East, but have also supported opposition parties in other countries, including the conflict in Syria and Libya.

The White House has resisted growing pressure from Congress to retaliate against Turkey over its S-400 purchase. But bipartisan legislation passed by the House of Representatives has called for sanctions.

Last month, Erdogan's spokesman said the process of launching missiles was still under way.


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