The United States wants to buy from Turkey Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM), which will allow Ankara to take part in the program for the creation of American F-35 fighters. This was reported by Defense News.
Corresponding amendment to the draft law on budgetary appropriations for national defense for fiscal year 2021 was proposed by Senator John Thune. In addition, another member of the US Congress, Jim Rish, proposed introducing sanctions against Turkey 30 days after the law came into force. Moreover, the author of the material doubts that these amendments will be approved.
Ankara’s spokesman said earlier that Turkey had agreed with Russia on new shipments of air defense systems. In his speech, he referred to a principle agreement with Moscow.
The agreement on the supply of four Russian-made S-400 Triumph divisions to Turkey was concluded in September 2017. The contract value amounted to 2.5 billion dollars, half will cover the Russian loan. Deliveries to Turkey began in July 2019. Because of the fear of leakage through the S-400 Triumph of data revealing the capabilities of the fifth-generation American fighter F-35 Lightning II, Washington suspended the supply of this equipment to Ankara. In total, Turkey was supposed to receive more than 100 aircraft.