Turkey to Face 'Grave Consequences' for Acquisition of Russian S-400 - Pentagon

Turkey to Face 'Grave Consequences' for Acquisition of Russian S-400 - Pentagon

Turkey to Face 'Grave Consequences' for Acquisition of Russian S-400 - Pentagon

Summers said those consequences would include the U.S. not allowing Turkey to acquire the F-35 jet and the Patriot missile defense system.

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The US warned this week that it could retaliate by blocking Turkey's planned purchase of the next-generation F-35 fighters it's helping to build.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed U.S. threats to cancel the sale of high-tech F-35 jets to Turkey, saying his country will move ahead with the purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense missiles.

The comments came a few days after U.S. European Command head Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said it would be his best military advice to bar Turkey from getting the F-35, should they continue on the path of procuring the S-400. "We have reached an agreement with the Russians", Erdogan said. He has previously criticized Ankara for not doing more in the fight against the Islamic State group, and was particularly vocal about Turkey's detention of an American pastor released last year. "We've agreed with the Russians, we will go into joint production".

In December, the State Department approved the sale of a $3.5 billion US Patriot missile defense system to Turkey.

"If Turkey takes the S-400, there would be grave consequences in terms of our relationship, military relationship with them", chief Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told reporters Friday.

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Erdogan added that if the United States could not take back the weapons it had given to the militia in Syria, it should give them to Turkey.

"We're not a slave, we're independent", Erdogan said.

"I would say first of all if they accept the S-400 and to establish it within Turkey, there's first of all an issue that it's not interoperable with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems nor is it interoperable inside our integrated air defense system so that presents one problem", Scaparrotti said.

Washington fears the sophisticated radar of the S-400 system could compromise the F-35 technology, which was developed to elude Russian-made systems.

To keep the Kurdish fighters away from its frontier, Turkey wants to secure a Syria safe zone along its border rather see that job done by a multinational force.

"I don't find any of these serious", Erdogan said.

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