Turkey will not sell the United States S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, say Russian parliamentarians.
So they commented on the initiative of Senator John Thune, who called the “way” to resolve the contradictions between Washington and Ankara on Russian air defense systems. He made an amendment to the US defense budget, in which he proposed to buy these systems from Turkey.
Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov suggested that the US military plans to dismantle Russian cars “to the cogs” in order to create something of their own based on them.
“They don’t have such weapons yet,” he said in an interview with the Moscow Says radio station.
According to the parliamentarian, Ankara will not agree to such an agreement with Washington, because, having transferred the US complexes, it will immediately cease to be considered a reliable partner.
“I can’t understand how the relations between the USA and Turkey will improve if the USA takes some sort of C-400 complex for itself. In my opinion, only to satisfy its curiosity, or rather, just to steal our secrets are military, “he said.
Senator Oleg Morozov, in turn, called Thune’s proposal trolling. He stressed that the “filling” of the Russian air defense system for Washington does not represent any secret.
“Turkey is a NATO country, it is clear that if it has the S-400, then the Americans also know a lot about this system,” the NSN quotes him.
Deputy Leonid Slutsky also admitted that Ankara would not consider the initiative of the American senator.
“(This. – Ed.) Proposal <…> is unprincipled, cynical, but I hope it is unlikely to be possible and accepted for consideration by the Turkish side,” the politician said.
The parliamentarian recalled that Turkey purchased the S-400 to ensure national security and sovereignty. Slutsky suggested that Ankara would not abandon these goals for the sake of apparent benefit, especially since even American sanctions did not force the Turkish leadership to break the agreement.
“And not the last factor: I think that Turkey is also aware that even a hypothetical discussion of such re-export can complicate bilateral relations with Russia and undermine trust in the framework of strategic partnership,” he said.
The official representative of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Maria Vorobyova, later emphasized that Turkey would not be able to transfer anti-aircraft missile systems to the United States without the consent of Moscow.
“In order to export military products, the buyer of our equipment must present an end-user certificate to the Russian side. Therefore, its transfer or re-export to third countries without the official permission of the Russian side is impossible,” she explained.
Deliveries of Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States, began in mid-July last year. Washington demanded that Ankara abandon the deal and acquire the American Patriot complexes. At the same time, the Americans threatened to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions against it. Ankara refused to make concessions.
Last year, Russia completed the first contract for the supply of four S-400 divisions to Turkey in the amount of $ 2.5 billion. In June, the parties also agreed in principle on the supply of a second set of air defense systems.