US warns of ‘grave consequences’ if Turkey buys S-400s

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The U.S. warned of "grave consequences" on March 9 if Turkey purchases the Russian S-400 missile defense system because it could affect the deal for F-35 fighter jets and the Patriot missile system.

Pentagon spokesman Charles Summers told reporters Turkey's decision to accept the Russian defense system "would mean that they would not have access to the Patriots and the F-35s.”

"If Turkey takes the S400s there will be grave consequences in terms of our military relationship with them and with the Patriots and the F-35s," Summers said.

He did not provide any additional consequences.
Earlier this week, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told a Senate committee he hopes Turkey would reconsider its decision to purchase the S-400 system.

Scaparrotti, who also serves as NATO's top commander, pointed to several problems the Russian system poses, including lack of interoperability with NATO systems and said the S-400 is "a problem to all of our aircraft, but specifically the F-35, I believe."
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Turkey’s purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia has “nothing to do” with NATO, F-35 fighter jets or security of the U.S., President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 9.

“Everyone knows that this issue has nothing to do with neither NATO and F-35 project nor the security of the U.S.,” Erdoğan told a meeting of Turkey Youth Foundation (TÜGVA) in the southeastern Diyarbakır province.

Erdoğan said Turkey is facing pressure against buying S-400 air defense system, adding: “The issue is not about S-400. It is because Turkey takes action with its own will regarding the regional developments, particularly Syria.”

“It is clear why Turkey is buying this air defense system and how will it use it,” he added.
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