Currently, the Turks demand that Washington sell them Patriot air defense systems and their production technologies, otherwise they will continue to buy missile defense systems from Moscow and possibly buy something from Beijing. This is written by the Greek edition of Pentapostagma.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavusholu said his country would continue to turn to other long-range air defense suppliers if traditional Western allies did not stop implementing their “whims.”
The Turkish military needs modern weapons such as the S-400. If you don’t want us to buy them, give us know-how, or we’ll buy complexes from Russia
The head of The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on September 4, 2020.
Today it could be the S-400, tomorrow we’ll buy something else. It doesn’t matter.
The minister hinted with a grain of irony to the United States and the West.
Cavushol honestly explained to NATO partners Ankara’s desire to modernize its air defenses at any cost. Moreover, Turkey and Russia have already agreed to buy the Turks a second regimental kit S-400, which will be jointly produced on Turkish territory. Moreover, the Turks are not going to stop there.
We need more than two regimental kits. Two, three, five, until we learn to make them ourselves.
The head of the department stressed, citing possible threats to his country in the unstable Eastern Mediterranean.
Washington recently offered its Patriot to Ankara, but on condition that the Turks abandon the S-400. At the same time, Chavusholu believes that U.S. air defense systems are still an alternative for Turkey, but such deliveries cannot be “imposed” on Ankara.
The Turks want full control of the weapons systems without any restrictions and reservations. They want to become completely self-sufficient and not depend on the U.S. and other countries in the issues of the MIC. After that, Ankara will begin to implement the plan to create a “Great Turkey” using the existing and future crises.