Turkey’s refusal to activate the S-400 surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs) purchased from Russia is the only way to resolve the disagreement on this issue with the United States. Such a statement was made today, March 19, by U.S. Ambassador to Ankara David Satterfield. At the same time, according to the Daily Sabah, the U.S. ambassador warned the Middle Eastern NATO ally against buying the second batch of Russian defense systems, threatening Ankara with “serious consequences” if it did not.
“The acquisition of S-400 launched the sanctions process under (the) CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act. The purchase of the new S-400 complexes will have serious consequences and will cause more effective steps (by the U.S.). We need to be able to say that Turkey does not have S-400”, David Satterfield told a meeting with Turkish journalists.
Several Turkish sources have previously stated that Ankara and Moscow have already completed negotiations on the supply of the second batch of S-400 and that the implementation of the agreements reached requires “only the last signature of Turkey.
As topnews reported, the U.S. continues to demand that Turkey roll back the activation of S-400, despite Ankara’s new initiatives in this matter, designed to resolve the contradictions between it and Washington. Ned Price, head of the press service of the U.S. Department of State, said this at a briefing for journalists on February 10. “Our policy on S-400 has not changed,” the U.S. foreign ministry stressed, commenting on Turkey’s earlier offer of willingness to operate Russian long-range SAMs not on a permanent basis. “The Russian S-400s are incompatible with NATO systems, they threaten the security of NATO technology and do not meet Turkey’s commitments as a NATO member,” Price said. In this regard, he confirmed that Washington continues to insist that Ankara get rid of the purchased S-400 complexes.
To recall, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on December 14 that the U.S. is imposing sanctions against the leadership of the Defense Security Board (SSB) of Turkey, including its director Ismail Demir, because of Ankara’s acquisition of air defense systems S-400, which “contradict” its status as a NATO member. The sanctions prohibit the SSB from receiving loans from U.S. and international financial institutions, restrict export licenses for Turkish military products made with U.S.-manufactured components, and initiate a visa and financial asset freeze for senior SSB personnel.