Turkey has declared itself an enemy of not only NATO by purchasing Chinese military hardware, but an enemy of America when it decided to hold American soldiers hostage at Incirlik airbase… and more than once.
What Turkey is now doing is strengthening their defense positions in preparation of jumping ship from the western alliance and in turn jumping on board the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Russia and China’s world-war axis and counterweight to NATO and the West.
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NATO ally Turkey is in the midst of finalizing a deal with Russia to purchase the S-400 air defense system, as tensions between the U.S.-European alliance and the Kremlin are reaching a fever pitch.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to discuss the S-400 contract during a visit to Sochi, Russia, on May 3, according to Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik.
“I suppose after Erdogan’s talks with Putin a joint decision will be made on further steps for purchasing Russia’s missile system,” said Isik, as quoted in Russia’s TASS news agency Monday.
Isik noted that the deal has reached a “final stage, but this does not mean the agreement will be signed tomorrow.”Turkey’s decision to go with the S-400 was supposedly the result of NATO’s failure to present a “financially effective” alternative offer, according to TASS.
The S-400 is considered one of the most advanced air defense systems in the world. It is capable of shooting down both aircraft and ballistic missiles. Russia completed its installation of the missile system at its military base in Latakia, Syria, in October, providing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a significant boost in air defense. China is also an S-400 client, while Iran has purchased the older S-300 model.
Russian-Turkish relations appeared to be improving after the groups signed a major energy deal in October, but Can Kasapoglu, a defense analyst at the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, says the missile deal may not be enough to create a drastic change.
The sale at the very least “would mark one of the most serious achievements for the Russian defense industry,” Kasapoglu noted. That alone may be enough for Russia.
Full article: Turkey Turns To Russia’s Most Advanced Air Defense System Instead Of Buying From NATO (The Daily Caller)