Apr 11, 2019 08:16 Asia/Tehran
  • Cavusoglu: Turkey may buy other fighter jets instead of F-35
    Cavusoglu: Turkey may buy other fighter jets instead of F-35

If the US refuses to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey, Ankara could buy more Russian S-400 missiles or other air defense systems, according to Turkey's foreign minister.

Iran Press/Asia: According to Anadolu, Mevlut Cavusoglu hit back at US criticisms of the S-400 purchase, saying that some NATO countries already have earlier generation S-300 missiles but this does not conflict with their NATO membership.

"If the US refuses to sell us Patriot missiles, tomorrow we could buy a second S-400, or another air defense system," he said.

Rebuffing US threats to cancel a deal for F-35 jets if the S-400s are delivered, Cavusoglu said in the absence of F-35s, Turkey could buy fighters jets from another source until it is able to produce its own.

Washington has balked at Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system, and last week suspended delivery of parts and services for the F-35s.

US officials have suggested Turkey buy the US Patriot missile system rather than the S-400, arguing it is incompatible with NATO systems and would expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge.

Turkey has responded that it was the US refusal to sell it Patriot missiles  that led it to consider alternative arrangements, adding that Russia offered it a better deal, including technology transfers. 103/211