The purchase of Russian missile systems can become a “point of no return” for Ankara, writes Die Welt.
The acquisition of Russian s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems may become a “point of no return” for Turkey, after which Ankara will leave the ranks of its Western allies. On Saturday, July 13, reported the German Gazeta Die Welt.
The diary emphasizes that the deal between the two countries took place, despite the harsh criticism of Ankara by NATO and the United States.
According to the author, Turkey did not violate the agreement, because it considers Russia as a negotiating partner in the Middle East, and Moscow’s influence in the region, the newspaper notes, is much higher than that of the United States.
Other versions of the reasons for the deal called the desire of the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to protect himself from the United States because the S-400 can be placed directly near the capital.
So, in 2016, during an unsuccessful coup attempt, the Turkish Parliament building was attacked from the air, and now, as the newspaper points out, Erdogan fears that if Ankara places the American Patriot systems, Washington can turn them off in a similar situation.
Earlier it was reported that on July 12, Russia began supplying the s-400 to Turkey.
The US opposes Turkey’s purchase of Russian systems. According to the authorities, they pose a threat to American security.
Washington has demanded from Ankara to abandon the deal with Moscow and to get in return for the Patriot.