Turkey is ready to consider US proposal on deliveries of Patriot air defense systems, but refuses to abandon the S-400 deal with Russia as a potential precondition for the Ankara-Washington agreement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.

“Turkey may buy Patriot systems in the future. But it will be impossible if abandoning S-400 will be one of the conditions for the purchase,” Cavusoglu told the NTV broadcaster.

The statement followed last week’s report by the Anadolu news agency, saying that a US delegation in Ankara had made an official offer to Turkey to purchase Patriot systems. The media has not revealed any details on whether the US offer envisaged a precondition to cancel S-400 missile systems purchase from Russia.

Earlier, a Bloomberg report cited two sources familiar with the discussions as saying that Turkey had allegedly suggested US technical experts delve into the S-400 systems in order to “control damage” in relations with Washington.

Commenting on this report, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar categorically rejected these claims, saying that Ankara never suggested US technicians should study the Russian-made S-400 missile system.

Ankara signed a loan agreement with Moscow envisaging the deliveries of the Russian-made S-400 air defence systems to Turkey last December.

The US government has repeatedly expressed concern over Turkey’s decision to go on with the purchase of Russia-made missile defence systems, threatening to block the delivery of F-35 fifth-generation fighter jets to Ankara.

Recently, a US delegation made an official offer to Turkey to purchase US-made Patriot air defence systems, according to the Anadolu news agency. Four AN/MPQ-65 radars, 10 antenna-mast units, 20 M903 launching stations, and test equipment were listed in the offer.

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Source: Sputnik

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So Turkey will fall under the CAATSA law and will be blacklisted from buying US gear or gear including US systems, e.g. not even access to Saab Gripen and many EU-built gears. Technically speaking, it’ll end really terrible since Turkey is fully equipped with NATO-standards gear, including command-chain, IADS (integrated air defenses systems) and even is an actor as co-builder for F-35… Moreover, since relations with the EU have grown pretty tainted in the last years, EU countries are unlikely to compensate by selling compatible gears that are CAATSA-free… In the end, Turkey will end with no other choice than… Read more »