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Turkey rejects US proposal to transfer Russian S-400 to Ukraine

May 8, 2023

Washington once offered Turkey to give Ukraine the S-400 missile defense system, which it bought from Russia and to which the United States objected, but Ankara rejected the offer.

This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Anadolu Agency reports.

Since the United States claimed that the S-400 system was supposed to exclude Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, it offered Turkey to transfer control of the system to the United States or another country, including Ukraine.

"The US asked us to send the S-400 to Ukraine, and we said no," Cavusoglu said, explaining that these proposals were unacceptable because they were intended to infringe on Turkish sovereignty.

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In 2017, Turkey signed a contract with Russia to purchase the S-400 system. NATO opposed the deployment, arguing that the S-400 would be incompatible with Alliance systems.

When asked about returning to the F-35 program, Cavusoglu said that Ankara does not want to do so but rather wants to receive from Washington the money it paid for the jets before it withdrew from the program, and the jets were never delivered.

"Ankara is now producing its own national combat aircraft," he explained, adding that Turkey also wants to improve ties with the United States and that the necessary mechanisms have already been established.

Author - Olena Madiak, 08/05/2023

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