Turkey expects the US to respect her preferences in the procurement of s-400

© Photo : press service of the Party of justice and development Tortoiseshell Chairman of the Party of justice and development of Turkey for international Affairs Mehdi Eker. Archive photoTurkey expects the US to respect her preferences in the procurement of s-400© Photo : press service of the Party of justice and development of Turkey

Reaction from the United States for the purchase by Turkey of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 is contrary to the strategic nature of Turkish-American relations, Ankara expects Washington to respect their preferences in the field of defense, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the ruling Turkish party of justice and development for international Affairs Mehdi Eker.

The US is consistently trying to overturn the decision of the Ankara on the purchase of Russian s-400. Washington, in particular, threatens Ankara’s refusal to supply the F-35. Previously the company of the American company Lockheed Martin in Fort worth, Texas hosted a handover ceremony of the first F-35 Turkey. As previously stated RIA Novosti the representative of the Secretariat of the defense industry of Turkey, Ankara transferred to the F-35 will remain in the US until November 2019 for the training of Turkish pilots.

«Relations between Turkey and the United States are strategic, and the threat to freeze the delivery of F-35 with that comes a political contradiction. This reaction by the U.S. to purchase from Russia the s-400 is not conducive to improving relations between the two countries. We respect the preferences of other countries in the field of defense. Therefore, we expect that other countries will respect our preferences,» said Ecker.

He recalled that the handover ceremony of Turkey’s first F-35 took place on June 21. «If this issue arises the precarious situation that Turkey will certainly take the necessary steps», — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, in order to facilitate the normalization of relations between Ankara and Washington was established three working groups for consultations on many issues, such as Syria, Iraq, ISIS* PKK (the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party), FETO (organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen) in which meetings were held March 8 in the US and 25 may in Ankara.

«The(Syrian) Manbij is one of these questions, it’s a sensitive topic, directly linked to the future and stability of Syria. The creation of new regional threats through Manbij is unacceptable. It is therefore important that the United States has taken a responsible political behavior in relation to Manuja. In fact, the settlement in Manbij very important for the normalization of our relations with the United States and restore mutual trust. The lack of respect for the common decisions taken in this regard, as well as a sign of weakness in their implementation could again undermine the basis of mutual political trust,» added Eker.

Ankara and Washington have endorsed a road map for stabilization in the Syrian Manbij, which was liberated by Kurdish forces from ISIS in June 2016. The plan provides for the withdrawal from the area of the Kurdish forces. The Turkish military began patrolling in the area Manuja June 18.

The authorities of Syria categorically against the presence of U.S. forces and Turkey in Manbij. The Syrian foreign Ministry called the situation in Mabiga violation of UN resolutions.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia

Turkey expects the US to respect her preferences in the procurement of s-400© RIA Novosti / Andrey Strawbeary missile system s-400 «Triumph». Specifications