Reports on the purchase by Turkey of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 are not true. This was stated by the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff U.S. army General Joseph Dunford at a security conference in aspen. Video of the performance posted on YouTube.
According to Dunford, the US pay great attention to relations with Turkey. “Last year I was in Turkey about 12 times,” he said. The General stressed that relations with Turkey “crucial” for the United States, although the two countries have differences in the course of the military campaign in Syria. USA support Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamists, said Dunford, despite the objections of Ankara.
Commenting on reports of Russia’s sale of s-400 to Turkey, Dunford said that they are wrong. “This was reported by the media, but this is incorrect. They didn’t buy the s-400 system of Russia”, — said the General. At the same time, said Dunford, the possible purchase by Ankara of the Russian air defense worries US.”That would be a cause for concern if they did it, but so far this has not happened,” said Dunford.
The negotiations on deliveries to Turkey the latest s-400 are maintained at the highest level in 2016. In the spring of 2017 this issue was raised at the meeting of Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin. In may, according to sources, Russia offered Turkey to buy complexes at a price of $500 million for the division.
Bloomberg July 14 announced that the two countries agreed on the deal. According to the Agency, Russia will supply the Turkish army with two divisions of s-400, another two divisions would be produced in Turkey on Russian technology. The value of the contract, told Bloomberg a source in the leadership of Turkey is $2.5 billion. 18 July, the head of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheyev, confirmed that the contract to supply s-400 to Turkey has been agreed.
Later, on July 15, reports the sale of the complex said the Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis. He said that the purchase of Russian engines is a “sovereign decision” of Ankara, however, questioned their compatibility with the air defense system of NATO countries.