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Turkey will not use Russian S-400 air defence systems during its operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

“S-400 is a defensive system, we will only use it if Turkey is attacked. We do not intend to use Russian S-400 systems during operation Olive Branch,” he said when meeting with students of the Mos cow State Institute of International Relations.

Turkey has the right to buy any weapons from non-NATO states, Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a comment about Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.

“Turkey is a NATO member, but we are an independent state, we are not a satellite state. Other countries of the alliance can purchase weapons from non-NATO states, we have the same right and liberty,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will discuss the implementation of the signed contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to Turkey in Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said that the Turkish minister would pay a working visit to Russia on March 14 to attend the sixth meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group chaired by the two countries’ top diplomats.

“The implementation of the signed contract for the delivery of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to Turkey, as well as other current and prospective projects in the sphere of defense industry cooperation, will be touched upon,” the Russian ministry said.

Earlier, the head of Russia’s Rostec corporation said that Turkey is buying four divisions of S-400s. In November 2017, it was reported that Russia would ship the first unit at the end of 2019.

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On March 10, Cavusoglu said that Turkey needs the air defense systems urgently because the country presently has none.

The deal has become a major concern for NATO. Earlier this month, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller said that the S-400 does not integrate with NATO members’ systems, while NATO’s Military Committee Chairman Petr Pavel warned that although member nations have sovereignty in decision-making, they are also “sovereign in facing the consequences of that decision.”

Turkey-US Relations

Turkey-US relations are at the point of breakup, Washington should fulfil its promises, Cavusoglu said.

“The people of Turkey are of a very negative opinion of the United States because it does not keep its word, it always lies. Our relations are at the point of breakup. Two working groups were created in February to prevent this. And we set a condition – if you don’t keep your word, then we will not tolerate it any longer,” he said when meeting with students of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

According to the official, one of the issues is the United States supplying weapons to Kurdish groups in Syria.

Source: Sputnik

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“NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller said that the S-400 does not integrate with NATO members’ systems…”

I will translate … “S-400 cannot be turned off by a NATO member”

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Set to delivery in 2019… so they’re basically saying “we’re not gonna use a weapon we don’t have access to”. What’s next? “Turkey won’t use the Death Star”?

OTOH, it is a freudian slip that Olive Branch Op will still be full throttle in 2019 (and forth). So much for the narrative of “we’ll hand Afrin back to the legitimate owners”.

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Won’t be operational until 2020… If ever delivered : Iran waited for years for S-300, despite ordered long ago, Syrian S-300 still not delivered…

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Do shut up your boring numptie…..please.

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@Al, War is not math numbers and bravery.

ISBags SX is into such technicalities. I find his arcane tech knowledge is rather clearing for many things.

p.s. As Carl von Clausewitz put it – there are many other factors in war/victory.

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Yes. So either the report is little quality or there is another Turk talking s**t.

p.s. I opt for the latter.

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NATO is concerned because SS 400 integration into existing infra structure is very costly. So it might be a sign of change of alliance.

p.s. But mainly US military conglomerate is concerned and hires NATO spokesmen. It is all about sales & profits.

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what is this idiot talking about,,they wont be getting them until 2020 if they get them at all