Erdogan Confident Will Avoid US Sanctions over S-400s

S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile complex during a military parade marking the centenary of the formation of the Southern Military District Rostov-on-Don

Washington sees the S-400 missiles as incompatible with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems and claims it leaves their F-35 fighter jets - which it now supplies to Turkey - open to Russian subterfuge.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he discussed with US President Donald Trump the latter's possible visit to Turkey, as well as Ankara's intention to purchase Moscow's S-400 air defense systems alongside the purchase of US F-35 stealth fighter jets. The United States has urged Turkey to purchase the USA -made Patriot missile system instead.

On May 18 2019, Erdogan stated that not only was the S-400 purchase a "done deal"-but that Turkey would engage in "joint production of the S-500 after".

In a statement following talks between Erdogan and Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan had voiced concerns about US actions that may harm the strategic partnership between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Erdogan said the S-400 was expected to be delivered in the first half of July.

Has Erdogan outfoxed Trump?

"In our phone calls, when we come together bilaterally, Mr Trump has not said so far: 'We will impose these sanctions.' On the S-400s, he said to me: 'You are right.' We carried this issue to a very advanced level", Erdogan said, according to broadcaster NTV.

"The two leaders discussed fence manufacturing, explored trade opportunities, made a decision to hold the joint economic committee, and increase flights for more people-to-people exchanges", Kumar said.

At meeting of the G-20 in Japan last week, Erdogan said Trump told him there would be no sanctions.

Buying military equipment from NATO-foe Russian Federation leaves Turkey vulnerable to U.S. retribution under a 2017 law known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.

"Hence, the uncertainty continues but the market got what it wanted to hear at the weekend".

"One S-400 is worth three Patriots", Erdogan told Turkey's NTV.

In an effort to sway Turkey, the United States has offered to supply it with Raytheon Co Patriot missiles.



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