The United States is negotiating with Turkey to send S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) to Ukraine in exchange for lifting sanctions against Ankara. On Sunday, March 20, Sky News Arabia reports with reference to a Pentagon representative.
“We are in constant negotiations with Ankara to abandon the S-400 system and send it to Kiev in exchange for Turkey’s return to the F-35 program and the lifting of sanctions,” he said.
A day earlier, former CIA operative Paul Kolbe, in an article for The Wall Street Journal, said that Turkey needed to make a deal with the United States and Ukraine, transferring S-400 systems to it to fight Moscow. He explained that Turkey will send the complexes to Kiev, and in return, the United States will return it to the F-35 program.
Kolbe suggested that such a deal could improve relations between Ankara and Washington.
On March 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Soviet and Russian missile defense systems cannot by law be transferred to third countries.
Earlier, on March 1, Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu called mentally retarded those who called for the return of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Moscow because of the events in Ukraine. According to him, against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine, which “can do nothing against aircraft and missiles,” proposals to return the protective systems look “complete idiocy.”
Moscow signed a contract with Ankara to supply it with S-400s in 2017. Then Turkey was the first of the NATO countries to acquire these systems from Russia.
This decision of Turkey caused a negative reaction from the United States and NATO. The White House repeatedly warned the Turkish leadership about the negative consequences of arms purchases from Moscow and in March 2020 excluded Ankara from the program to create a new generation of F-35 fighters.
The S-400 is a long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system designed to destroy all modern aerospace attack weapons, including hypersonic ones. Adopted by the Armed Forces (AF) of the Russian Federation on April 28, 2007
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.