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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wants to avoid situations where would the allies have imposed sanctions against each other. He said this press conference in Ankara after meeting with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Reuters.
So, the head of NATO responded to Turkey’s plans for the purchase of Russian air defense systems s-400, in this connection, the U.S. side threatened to impose sanctions against Ankara. “If a solution is not found, then this will lose everything, including the Alliance,” he told Turkish TV channel NTV.
According to Stoltenberg, Turkey is an important NATO ally, which other members of the Alliance support due to serious problems of security faced by the state. He recalled that the organization helps to protect Ankara with air and missile defense systems and enhanced patrol aircraft long-range radar detection.
In April, the U.S. gave Turkey an ultimatum: if Ankara will not refuse the C-400, Washington will impose against the Republic sanctions and will not give her the fifth generation fighter F-35. The Minister of foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response that in this case Turkey “you will find where to buy the fighters.”
A contract to supply Ankara with the four battalions of s-400 was achieved in September 2017. The contract is worth $ 2.5 billion, but half of this amount will cover the Russian loan. Later Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia could provide Turkey With 400 before July 2019.
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