Turkey eyes Trump protection from any sanctions for Russian defense purchase

Turkey eyes Trump protection from any sanctions for Russian defense purchase

"Solving this would be the biggest part of a positive agenda".

Commenting on the tecnhical discussions with the United States, the minister noted that Turkey was ready for them and it would address concerns over Ankara's procurement of Russian S-400 air defence systems. Albayrak, the Turkish president's son-in-law, said he also met Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

When asked about the possibility of receiving the S-400 system, but not deploying it to avert further American pressure, Akar said: "These are all options".

Congress has ratcheted up warnings to Turkey that it has to choose either the S-400 or the F-35 fighter jet: It can't have both.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington had told Ankara it could face retribution for buying the S-400s under a sanctions law known as Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSAA).

The Turks appear to be hoping that the Trump White House helps them out of their dilemma, said Alan Makovsky, a Turkey expert who previously served on the congressional staff. "Unlike SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Curtis] Scaparrotti and several senior usa officials, the White House has never uttered the "S-400s or F-35s - not both' formula, so the Turks are putting their faith in Trump".

"Notwithstanding the four senators' New York Times op-ed, Erdogan and his folks may not understand Congress' ability and determination to prevent Turkey from taking both", Makovsky said.

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Likewise, Kalın said, Turkey expects the Trump administration to extend an existing sanctions waiver that is set to expire at the end of May to allow Turkey to continue importing Iranian oil. The contract with Russian Federation for the S-400 is not the only hindrance to the F-35 deal but also Ankara's unwillingness to make concessions to Washington in order to save the fighter jets deal, as interpretations are likely to emerge that Turkey is under pressure and has retreated.

WASHINGTON: Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held unannounced talks with acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan Tuesday amid tensions over Ankara´s plans to buy a Russian missile defense system and its threat to attack Kurdish fighters in Syria.

The United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that own F-35s fear the radar on the Russian S-400 missile system will learn how to spot and track the jet, making it less able to evade Russian weapons.

"A technical working group at this stage isn't necessary or a path the U.S. is even considering as a resolution", Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Al-Monitor's Jack Detsch on April 4.

Patrick Shanahan, the acting USA defense secretary, has called Turkey's planned purchase of the S-400 "incompatible" with the sale of F-35s.

As noted by the commentators from Russian Federation, it should be taken into account that this is not just a matter of tactical technical characteristics for Turkey, but also a question of military-political subjectivity, as Turkey wants to position itself as a player who decides on its own by whom and in what quantities it will buy.

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