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"Went to the principle": that Erdogan will respond to the ultimatum of the USA on S-400 — Rambler News Service


Photo: globallookpress.com/Kremlin Pool Senator from the Democratic Party of the USA Bob Menendez in an interview to the Greek newspaper "Katimerini" said that the USA can transfer the military base from Turkey to Greece and inflict sanctions on Ankara if that does not refuse purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. The leading expert of the Center of military-political researches of MGIMO Mikhail Alexandrov in a conversation with RNS doubted that the Turkish authorities will go to it. The principled stand First of all, unwillingness of Turkey to refuse S-400 is explained by a position of the president of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is not going to lose prestige, giving in on pressure of Washington. The United States will not be able to influence him by means of sanctions as the Turkish president "went to the principle", the expert claims. Having lost against the background of escalation of the military conflict in Syria of the systems Patriot, Ankara provided by Germany appealed to Washington to sell similar complexes, however the United States exposed the whole list of requirements. In addition, Turkey repeatedly showed discontent because of support by Americans of Kurds because of what between the countries there were serious contradictions. One more problem was that the parties could not meet at the price in any way. Eventually Ankara decided to address Russia and to buy S-400 complexes. According to Alexandrov, desire of Turkey to put pressure upon the USA could be the initial reason. However subsequently Ankara found out that the Russian complexes it is far better American, and the price of them much more favorable. The decision was also influenced by lack of any political requirements from Moscow. In December, 2017 the parties signed the contract for delivery of S-400 to Turkey. The expert added that "at this stage it is already difficult to win back without loss of the person back". On April 8 the current year after negotiations with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin Erdogan said that purchase of S-400 is the sovereign right of Turkey. He emphasized that nobody can demand from Ankara to refuse the Russian complexes. Threats of Washington according to the American democrat senator Bob Menendez, action of Ankara do not meet recently expectations of Washington where hoped that Turkey will be the "democratic country" which is "the strong ally of NATO". Senator emphasized that if Erdogan insists on acquisition of the Russian S-400 and their subsequent installation, then the United States will inflict sanctions on Turkey. According to Menendez, S-400 system is not compatible to structure of NATO. The F-35 fighters cannot appear in the country where the Russian SAM systems are developed, and the similar thesis is supported by congressmen both from Democratic, and from Republican parties. "Turkey has to make the choice. It can remain the key ally in NATO and be still guided to the west or can be excluded (from alliance. — RNS)" — senator emphasized. Menendez explained that Ankara will not be able to receive the American fighters

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