Turkey has called US demands to abandon the purchase of s-400 blackmail

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Vinogradova in photobacteria missile system s-400 during the intercession on combat duty. Archival photoTurkey has called US demands to abandon the purchase of s-400 blackmail© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Vinogradova to the photobank

Defense Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli called blackmail US demands to cancel the contract with Russia on deliveries of antiaircraft-rocket complexes With-400, advanced as a condition for the transfer of Turkish fighter-bombers of the fifth generation F-35.

«This condition is unacceptable. The situation can be described by the word «blackmail», — said the Turkish Minister, who was quoted by the Anadolu news Agency.

Canikli noted that such a requirement goes beyond any acceptable norms of diplomacy and trade relations. According to him, Ankara expects Washington timely deliveries of F-35 according to the agreement.

«The parties have committed themselves by contract of the F-35. Turkey has fulfilled its part of the requirements. Nine of the countries participating in NATO held a meeting under the auspices of the United States and agreed on joint production of the F-35. The time has come for supplies,» the Minister said.

Canikli reminded that in accordance with the contract, Ankara has to pay for 100 of the fifth generation fighter around 11 billion dollars, 800 million of them it is already listed.

«Ankara fulfills its obligations, and now naturally expects deliveries of fighter aircraft,» said Canikli, noting that the part of components for the F-35 produces the Turkish aircraft company (TAI).

In December 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a credit agreement on s-400. Ankara will buy two of these battery systems, which will serve the Turkish staff. The parties also agreed on technological cooperation in development of production of s-400 to Turkey.

U.S. and NATO officials have repeatedly criticized Ankara over that deal. So, the assistant Secretary of uess Mitchell warned that the purchase of s-400 can adversely affect the supply to Turkey of the F-35, but a group of senators introduced a bill to limit these supplies. Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promised that if the delivery of fighters to block, Ankara retaliates, among which is called cooperation in this area with Russia.

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