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Turkish defense miniser discuss S-400 with US counterpart

Akar emphasized that the S-400 would not be integrated into the NATO systems. Therefore, it would not pose any threat to the alliance.
13.07.2019 - 10:46

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and acting US counterpart Mark Esper late Friday night discussed issues related to Turkey’s acquisition of long-range missile defense systems and recent developments in war-ravaged Syria.

In a phone conversation Akar and Esper discussed wide ranging issues.

"THE PURCHASE WAS A NECESSITY"

“[Turkey’s] acquisition of Russian S-400 defense system was not a preference but necessity. Evaluations on the proposal of Patriot [defense system] are still going on,” Akar said. Akar said Turkey's stance on F-35 fighter jets did not change and the country fulfilled all of its obligations so far.

"Deterioration of Turkish-US ties serves neither Turkey, the US nor the NATO," he added.

Following protracted efforts to procure an air defense system from the US with no success, Ankara signed a contract in April 2017, to acquire the Russian S-400 system.