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The new head of the U.S. Senate Committee on armed services James Inhofe put an ultimatum to Turkey because of Ankara’s purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400. This became known to the Agency Bloomberg.
He stressed that Turkey needs to abandon the deal to remain a member of the F-35. “Turkey should make a choice between Russia and the West. If she will continue the process of buying s-400, it will face the consequences,” he said.
Inhofe noted that Turkey is an important partner of Washington in NATO. However, in the United States is concerned that the Turks will allow Moscow to test the radar of s-400 against the Turkish F-35 to disable anti-radar complex, says military expert Steven Collateral. Also Russia will be able to study the work and specifications of the American F-35 fighter.
In late November, Turkey recognised the impossibility of cancellation of the transaction with Russia. The foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the purchase-400 — solved case.
The contract between Russia and Turkey provides for the sale of Ankara’s four divisions, equipped with these systems. The cost of the agreement is $ 2.5 billion, more than half of the amount will cover the Russian loan. Installation could begin in October 2019.
The decision to purchase the Russian s-400 has aroused the discontent of the United States, because Turkey is a NATO member, and NATO all arms must work on a common standard. Washington Ankara threatens sanctions.
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