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World Turkey Nears Russia Missile-Production Deal After NATO Warnings

16:10  13 december  2019
16:10  13 december  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract: Interfax citing official

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“We will sign a deal after agreeing over final details regarding joint production or production of some parts in Turkey , and technology sharing,” said Ismail The talks are part of Turkey ’s deal to purchase a second S-400 missile -defense system from Russia and have reached a “quite ripe” stage, Demir

Turkey proceeds with deal for Russian missile system despite US and NATO warnings . WASHINGTON — A messy multibillion-dollar deal between Turkey and the United States took another turn over the weekend as Moscow announced it was in the process of delivering a much-anticipated

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s set to sign an agreement with Russia to jointly produce missiles and receive know-how to develop its own defense systems, a step that could boost criticism from its NATO partners that Ankara is moving away from the bloc.

a large building: S-400 surface-to-air missile launchers during a rehearsal for a WWII Victory Parade in Moscow on May 4, 2019.© Photographer: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP S-400 surface-to-air missile launchers during a rehearsal for a WWII Victory Parade in Moscow on May 4, 2019.

“We will sign a deal after agreeing over final details regarding joint production or production of some parts in Turkey, and technology sharing,” said Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s top defense procurement body, known as SSB.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Turkey 's purchase of a Russian missile defence system represents a difficult problem for the alliance, but he

(Whether NATO , in turn, might glean some Russian secrets from Turkey ’s acquisition of the S-400 is unclear.) To the minds of Pentagon strategists, the Mr. Erdogan has pursued the Russian missile system despite American warnings and the damage that sanctions could do to his country’s already

The talks are part of Turkey’s deal to purchase a second S-400 missile-defense system from Russia and have reached a “quite ripe” stage, Demir said on Friday in Ankara. “The signing of a deal is just around the corner,” he said.

The comments show Turkey remains undeterred by the prospect of American sanctions over its push for the S-400 missiles. The two NATO allies have been sparring over the potential risks posed by the purchase to the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program, the F-35 fighter jet built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Turkey insists it can buy from Russia while meeting its NATO obligations.

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  Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S. lawmakers had agreed on a defense bill that also includes calls to sanction Turkey over its decision to proceed with the purchase and deployment of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems.

The US and other NATO members fear Russia could spy on NATO aircraft through the S-400 system. Turkey will not back down from its decision to buy Russian missile defense systems despite US warnings , Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday in his public

The White House confirmed Wednesday that Turkey would be excluded from NATO 's F-35 stealth fighter jet programme after it purchased a Russian missile defence system in defiance of warnings from Western allies.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week voted to advance sanctions against Turkey, including a provision to enforce the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The legislation is designed to punish countries making significant arms purchases from Russia.

Turkey would have to shed the S-400 batteries in order to receive the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman. “If Turkey wants to come back into the fold, the path forward is to get rid of the S-400. So it’s not a keep it in a warehouse and lock it up. It is they need to divest themselves of that weapons system,” Hoffman said Thursday.

That’s something Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to do.

Below are highlights of Demir’s remarks:

- Turkey’s open to discussions on purchasing American-made Patriot missiles if the U.S. drops its pre-condition that Ankara should abandon the S-400s.

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BRUSSELS — NATO military officials are exploring whether to upgrade their defenses to make them capable of shooting down newly deployed Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles after a landmark arms treaty dissolves next month, according to three European officials.

Turkey ’s insistence on buying a missile system from Russia is striking a note of disunity as the Nato alliance prepares to mark its 70th anniversary in Nato has also faced growing friction due to Trump, who has openly questioned the value of defending small members such as Montenegro and criticised

- Demir dismissed concerns U.S. sanctions could block the supply of spare parts for its American weapons systems, including an aging F-16 fleet as well as CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopter and the UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter.“

- There is a game played here according to rules and agreements. If one side violates the rules, then the other side does not have to play either.”

- “The work to make the first [S-400] system ready for activation by April is under way.“

- Russia has made a proposal to sell a certain number of its Su-35 warplanes at a certain price.”

- “We may find a middle way with Rolls Royce for an engine” for Turkey’s TF-X fighter jet project. “We shall solve the issue if we sit down at the table”

- “Turkey plans to finish its landing helicopter dock before the end of next year,” and that will enable use of Turkish-made drones at sea with the help of an arresting-hook system“

- Turkey is awaiting to hear from Germany for the supply of an engine for its Altay tank” project while it “looks for alternatives from some other countries.”

(Updates with remarks from Pentagon spokesman in seventh paragraph.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net;Firat Kozok in Ankara at fkozok@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at oant@bloomberg.net, Mark Williams

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