Despite frequent US warnings, Turkey initiates Russian made S-400 rocket system

Despite frequent warnings from the US, Turkey has supposedly chosen to activate its Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system in April. The United States says if it does that, it will not be able to procure America’s Patriot missile defense batteries.

Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s from Russia has been a significant issue of disagreement among Ankara and Washington, which demands that the Russian system is incompatible in contrary to the NATO systems. Turkey says it does not expect to integrate the S-400s into NATO systems.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as of late, expressed that he was keen on buying the US Patriot system to strengthen Turkey’s boundaries.

However, the US organization has plainly expressed that it won’t offer the Patriot system to Turkey except if it abandons its arrangements to utilize the S-400s.

A Turkish analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, Karol Wasilewski, disclosed to the Arab News that as per analysis, Erdogan and Turkish chiefs are serious when they state that they want to have both S-400s and Patriots. If the Turks initiate the S-400, the US will no doubt force authorizes under 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),” he added.

CAATSA sanctions covered 12 alternatives, including the refusal of visas to authorities, restriction of access to the US-based Export-Import Bank, refusal or preclusion of fare licenses, and the anticipation of any exchanges with the US financial policy.

Erdogan has been asked many times by his US ally Donald Trump to surrender the $2.5 billion Russian systems, which began coming in Turkey in July, joined by many displays.

In light of Ankara neglecting to pay attention to the warning signs seriously, Washington expelled its NATO partner from the multinational manufacturing program for F-35 joint-strike fighter planes and disallowed the sale of those airplanes to Turkey.

According to Ankara office director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Ozgur Unluhisarcikli “In addition to the fact that it is incomprehensible for Turkey to operationalize S-400 and buy Patriot batteries simultaneously, operationalizing the S-400 will probably prompt sanctions by the United States,” The Arab News revealed.

These sanctions, he cautioned, couldn’t just be chosen from the CAATSA alternatives, yet additionally from the more rigid Turkey Sanctions bills, S. 2641, which has recently passed by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

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