October 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the daily Aksam in an interview that his country may drop its S-400 air missile defense system purchase contract with Russia if no agreement for a joint production is made.
“We have heard no official refusal on that score. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin told us we may take steps for joint production. Know-how will be crucial. If Russia’s attitude is negative, we may clinch a deal with another country,” he said.
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“We must purchase them (S-400) urgently, because we need them. We’ve got to protect our airspace. But if some anti-Russia-minded countries do not want Turkey to purchase S-400 from it, then they must provide their alternative,” Cavusoglu said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on September 12 that Ankara had put a deposit for the S-400 after an agreement was signed.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.