Pompeo: We would prefer that s-400 has not been commissioned
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called on Ankara not to put on arms supplied by Russia is antiaircraft-rocket complexes With-400. He said this on 25 July, in an interview with Bloomberg Television.
“Might be followed by sanctions, but honestly, we would prefer that s-400 was not put into operation”, – he stressed.
In July 2017 Turkey agreed with Russia on the supply of systems s-400. According to the Agency Bloomberg, Ankara will pay for four divisions of $2.5 billion.
In early June, 2019 the US offered Turkey options that would allow it to abandon the Russian anti-aircraft missiles.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison stated that the purchase of Russian air defense system Turkey can help the Kremlin in its efforts to weaken the Alliance. According to her, Turkey should make a choice between the Russian systems s-400 and American F-35.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he discussed the subject of procurement s-400 with the American President at the G20 summit in Osaka. According to him, the US President Donald trump has assured that the United States will not impose sanctions.
July 12 to the base Myurted in the Turkish province of Ankara has arrived the first party of components of the Russian is antiaircraft-rocket complexes With-400. According to Erdogan, the process of delivery of Russian air defense system will be completed in April 2020.
The White house has stated that the delivery to Turkey of the F-35 is impossible, because the Russians with the s-400 will be able to study their characteristics.