Turkey: Between East and West

US will not sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after its Russian missile defense purchase – Trump

16 Jul, 2019
President Donald Trump has said Washington will not sell Turkey its next-generation F-35 jet fighter, after Turkey took delivery of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Turkey has been a partner in the F-35 program.
“The situation with Turkey is very complex and tough. We are in contact with Turkish officials,” Trump said. US officials had long threatened to exclude Turkey from the F-35 program, claiming that operating the jet alongside the S-400 would allow Moscow to learn its secrets.
Read more at https://www.rt.com/news/464324-no-f35-turkey-trump/

Trump: Not Fair to Turkey or US to Block F-35 Sales

Posted on While he probably doesn’t have a mechanism to get around it, President Trump lamented the ban on F-35 sales to Turkey on Tuesday, saying it isn’t fair to the US, and isn’t fair to Turkey.
Turkey was all set to buy F-35 warplanes, a pricey US-made plane the Trump Administration is eager to sell, but then announced they were buying Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems instead of the US alternative. The US warned they couldn’t have the F-35 if they did that, but Turkey bought it anyhow.
Read more at https://news.antiwar.com/2019/07/16/trump-not-fair-to-turkey-or-us-to-block-f-35-sales/

Into Putin’s Arms: How a Failed Coup Turned Turkey Into NATO’s Biggest Headache

It may just be a coincidence, but there could hardly be a more fitting week for Russia to start shipping the new S-400 missile defense system to Turkey than the third anniversary of the failed military coup…
Read more at https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-putin-s-400-how-failed-coup-erdogan-turkey-nato-biggest-headache-trump-no-f-35-1.7531089

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U.S. faces a blow to its reputation with Turkish S-400 deal with Russia

Media outlets which have been prepared for some time for immediate U.S. response by the Donald Trump administration against Turkey by imposing heavy sanctions were surprised with the news of Pentagon cancelling a July 12 press conference. Amid speculations that it was asked by Trump, the cancellation followed a telephone conversation between the acting Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Turkish National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.
Read more at https://yetkinreport.com/2019/07/15/u-s-faces-a-blow-to-its-reputation-with-turkish-s-400-deal-with-russia/

Erdoğan said, ‘We will not be stubborn but stand tall.’ His words reflect the state mentality, a fighting tactic, Turkey’s stance. Had we not stood tall, the Gezi Park terror events and July 15 invasion attempt would have been successful. A geopolitical map is being drawn in the Mediterranean. Turkey will intervene in this map

17 July 2019
“We are going to stand tall, not be stubborn!”
The above statement by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan determines the outline, route and destination of the path Turkey is taking.
It determines a state mind, reflex, fighting tactic and stance against the storms brewing in our region and the world. This statement forms the main axis of Turkey’s state philosophy. It expresses a principle from internal policy to the economy, from its security policy to foreign policy
Read more at https://www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/

Press review: Trump eyes compromise on Erdogan’s S-400s and pushes France towards China

July 15, 2019
The seventh aircraft carrying parts of the Russian-made S-400 missile systems arrived in Turkey on Sunday. Given this, the US Senate is demanding that the Trump administration impose a full package of restrictions on Ankara in accordance with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes.
Read more at https://tass.com/pressreview/1068529

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