State Department says Russian weapons are not compatible with NATO equipment
The U.S. has again urged Turkey to give up advanced Russian air defense systems, rejecting Ankara’s offer to settle the dispute.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in an interview this week, spoke of a compromise solution in which Turkey would not fully deploy the S-400 complexes that Russia originally designed to fight Western aircraft.
“Our policy on S-400 has not changed,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said when asked about Turkey’s proposal.
“The Russian S-400 systems are incompatible with NATO equipment, they threaten the security of NATO technology and are not consistent with Turkey’s commitments as a NATO member,” Price told reporters. – We have urged and will continue to urge Turkey not to retain this system.”
He cited the case of Turkey’s historical rival, Greece, which bought old Russian S-300s after Turkey threatened to attack Cyprus but didn’t make them fully operational.
U.S. officials rejected the comparison, saying the S-400s were more advanced systems.
Turkey made the deal with Moscow despite warnings from the U.S., which under former President Donald Trump excluded Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet production and procurement program and imposed sanctions on Turkey’s military procurement department.
Price also said that U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is scheduled to speak with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in the near future.
“I expect that the secretary of state and his Turkish counterpart will get a chance to talk, to connect in the coming days,” he told reporters.