Turkey to face 'grave consequences' for acquisition of Russian S-400: Pentagon

The U.S. has issued a series of warnings to Turkey over its purchase of the S-400. The Syrian Democratic Forces would vanguard the US -led coalition's ground campaign against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), but Turkey felt Kurdish separatists posed as great, or an even greater, threat than Sunni Muslim jihadis. Deliveries were halted a year ago by Congress. It has lost some 3 percent so far this year.

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Turkey will never turn back from a deal to purchase S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems.

On March 5, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced he plans to end key trade preferences for India and Turkey.

Ankara is also planning to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. pending congressional approval, and its pilots are now training on the weapons platform at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Turkey has invested more than US$1.25 billion in the stealth F-35 jet since its development phase began in 2002.

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"We have made the S-400 deal with Russian Federation, so it is out of question to take a step back".

"If Turkey takes the S400s there will be grave consequences in terms of our military relationship with them and with the Patriots and the F-35s", Summers said. We will start joint production.

The US believes the S-400 sale is part of Russian efforts to disrupt the alliance amid Western concern over Erdogan's burgeoning relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

American officials have been working feverishly behind the scenes to reduce tensions and maintain strong relations between Washington and Ankara.

If it goes ahead with the Russian deal, Turkey also risks losing delivery of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets and could face sanctions under a USA law known as Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

  • Tracy Klein