Trump Says He's Not Weighing Sanctions Against Turkey for Missile Purchase

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US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the circumstance with Turkey isn't reasonable in light of the fact that Turkey needed to get US Patriot rocket frameworks and Washington wouldn't offer to Ankara.

"Turkey called on the United States to correct "its mistake" of suspending the country from the F-35 fighter jet program, as it will "cause irreparable wounds" in strategic relations", the Foreign Ministry said on July 17.

Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russian Federation in the future, further defying the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. We'll see what we do.

Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week, prompting the White House to announce it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program.

Stavridis also said the weapons system debate should be shifted away from its "current context of a U.S".

Russian Federation has begun delivering its S-400 missile defence systems to Turkey despite threats and objections from the United States.

Turkey initially sought in 2009 to buy the US Patriot missile defence system, and a $7.8bn deal was tentatively approved by the Obama administration.

Moscow and Ankara finalized the agreement on the delivery of the S-400 in December 2017 even as USA officials warned that the move would damage Turkey's ability to work with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Turkey, however, emphasized the S-400 would not be integrated into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems and would not pose a threat to the alliance.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump made a series of contradictory remarks on July 18 on whether or not the USA will be imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-air system.

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Turkey turning to Russian Federation for missile defence systems may also have further unintended consequences, Erickson warns.

The president said the situation is "very very hard", continuing to blame his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for the row.

S-400 missiles, which Turkey began taking delivery of last Friday, would be better at fending off any attack on the Turkish government from its own jets than a US -supplied Patriot system would, experts say.

"Turkey has always been a valuable operational member of the alliance - the Turkish forces under my command were highly professional and part of our efforts in Afghanistan, Libya and the Balkans, as well as against piracy on the high seas", he wrote.

"They were not permitted to purchase Patriots here stupidly, and Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation part", Trump said.

Erdogan has also been angered by Washington's refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric who Turkey says engineered the coup.

The S-400 acquisition is one of several issues that have frayed ties between the two allies, including a dispute over strategy in Syria east of the Euphrates River, where the United States is allied with Kurdish forces that Turkey views as foes.

Turkish F-35 technicians and pilots training in the U.S. would also be sent back by the end of this month.

On Thursday, the head of Russia's state-controlled Rostech corporation said Moscow would be willing to sell Turkey its Su-35 fighter jets if Ankara "expresses interest".

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