ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated it could maybe even be “very problematic” for Ankara to flip lend a hand on its interact of Russian S-400 defence programs but expressed hope that a dispute with the US on the field will be resolved through dialogue.
Akar additionally reiterated that Turkey used to be in talks with Russia on obtaining a second consignment of the S400 defence programs.
Washington slapped sanctions on NATO ally Turkey’s Defence Alternate Directorate (SSB), its chief Ismail Demir and three other workers final month following its acquisition of the S-400s.
“It is a undoubtedly problematic downside to flip lend a hand from the level we have attain to. We invite (the US) to distance themselves from threatening language equivalent to sanctions,” Akar advised journalists in Ankara.
“We favor the answer of issues through dialogue. If the U.S. side wants an answer, an answer will be discovered with work on the technical stage,” he stated.
The sanctions were imposed at a tense time in the fraught relationship between Ankara and Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is determined to take place of job on Jan. 20, changing Donald Trump. Biden has been excessive of President Tayyip Erdogan’s policies previously.
Turkey has defended its acquisition of the S-400s as a necessity since it used to be unable to catch air defence programs from any NATO ally on satisfactory terms.
Washington says the S-400s pose a probability to its F-35 fighter jets and to NATO’s broader defence programs. Turkey rejects this and says S-400s could not be integrated into NATO.
Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Gareth Jones