Turkey Explains Why It Preferred Russia’s S-400 Missiles to US Patriots

Ankara failed to agree with Washington on the transfer of technology related to the Patriot missile systems, which is why it has signed an agreement to be supplied with Russia’s S-400 missiles, according to the Turkish presidential spokesman.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News cited Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish President’s spokesman as saying that “work for delivery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems within 2019 has been finalized,” which is not the case with the US Patriot interceptors.

Singling out “objective criteria” on purchasing foreign air defenses, Kalin specifically stressed Ankara’s priority pertaining to the joint production of such systems.

Ex-General Explains Why Russian S-400 is Better For Turkey Than Patriots

“We could not agree with the production company of the Patriots [during previous talks],”while the Russian side has “taken quicker steps,” he underscored.

Kalin made it plain that Ankara would go ahead with talks on the purchase of the Patriot systems if Washington “meets the required conditions.” According to him, “the ball is in the US’ court.”

Kalin also said that Turkey’s NATO membership will not affect Ankara acquiring the S-400 systems, which he recalled are being purchased for defense purposes. According to him, it will not pose a threat to the alliance.

Speaking at a press conference after his talks with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow…

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