Turkey, US and Russia in Dispute Over S-400; Who’s Winning?

Turkey to buy S-400 missile from Russia

Spearheading into the direction of Russia’s S-400 missile, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, his country would move ahead with the purchase of an air-system from Russia. The statement meant that Turkey sidelined the US’ warning, which threatened to jeopardize Ankara’s role within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Erdogan taking stance on his decision conveyed his nation has a sovereign government and couldn’t accept foreign interference in military procurement plan, especially when it comes to obtaining Russian antiaircraft system S-400.

“We have determined our road map for the S-400,” the Turkish president told reporters after a day-long series of meetings with President Vladimir Putin in gilded Kremlin halls. “No one can expect us to give up this,” he added confirming the move.

However, the US senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) could not stand the comments and threatened to take a strict action against the nation, according to an account published in ‘NYT’. The senators using the story warned Turkey to repatriate their move or face all kinds of economic sanction. Besides, alleging a destruction of Turkey’s defense industry and hinted the country could be sidelined from NATO.

“Turkey will be sanctioned as required by United States law under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act [CATSA],” the senators wrote in the article. “Sanctions will hit Turkey’s economy hard — rattling international markets, scaring away foreign direct investment and crippling Turkey’s aerospace and defense industry,” they added.

The issue with the missiles was first raised by the US in early 2017, when Turkey announced that it had reached Kremlin to place an order for S-400s.

The bottom line that separates the two nations is, how could a member of NATO reach out to another country for its military requirement? Furthermore, the US also believes that the integration of the Russian missile system and the US-made F-35 combat plane that Turkey wants up its armory, would give Russia an insight of the aircraft. Therefore, it clearly wants Turkey to choose wisely between the US and Russia.

Who’s Winning?

Russian President Vladimir Putin, billing the contract with Turkey as the utmost priority task in military-technical cooperation said “Serious tasks to strengthen cooperation lie before our countries in the military-technical sector,”. In addition to the S-400 contract, “other promising projects dealing with supplies of state-of-the-art Russian military goods are also on the agenda,” he added in order to convey how Russia and Turkey are working hand-in-hand.

The U.S. to which complained as the violation of the deal. However, Ankara wasn’t moved and it instead intensified business and military partnerships with Moscow. The nation further launched construction of a new natural gas pipeline linking the two countries, commissioning construction of an atomic energy station from Russia, and planning joint operations in Syria.

The problems between Putin and the US President Donald Trump have been in place for a very long time. With the latter often complaining about issues such as intervention in Venezuela, and deployment of missiles all throughout the Europe. However, Russia has barely nudged to those complaints, making it evident that it doesn’t pay much heed to what the US says.

Now, as the US and Russia continue to battle on different parameters and even Turkey looks firm to stand by its decision, to what extent can the US escalate tensions, still remains to be seen. Correspondingly, with the US coming out with a message using a media portal, a speculation of them them being the underdogs has already passed on to the world.

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