Turkey’s Membership in NATO Not Obstacle to S-400 Deliveries – Putin’s Aide

S-400 regiment enters on duty in Crimea

 

Russia sees no obstacles to delivering its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey in connection with Ankara’s membership in NATO, Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said Thursday.

MOSCOW      Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

“Negotiations with Turkey on the subject of the deliveries of S-400 are underway, they [Turkey] are very interested. Yes, Turkey is a NATO member, I must say that we are not afraid [to supply Turkey with S-400]. Before we deliver anything, we firmly regulate the results of intellectual activity. And each party undertakes commitments determining what it has the right to do with the delivered weapons, and what it cannot do,” Kozhin told Rossiya 24 broadcaster answering a corresponding question.

Earlier, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said that Ankara will not integrate S-400 it plans to buy from Russia into NATO missile defense system.The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.

Ankara Not to Integrate S-400 System Into NATO Missile Defense System

S-400 regiment enters on duty in Crimea

 

S-400 missile system that Ankara plans to buy from Russia will not be integrated into NATO missile defense system, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık said on Thursday.

“The Russian S-400 system will not be integrated into NATO missile defense system,” Işık said.

On Wednesday, Turkish Defense Minister said that Ankara and Moscow made certain progress in talks on delivery of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, but the sides are still not ready to strike a deal.Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey. The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.

Turkey Mulls Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Systems – Envoy to Russia

Triumf S-400 anti air missile systems

 

Ankara is still considering the purchase of Russia’s advanced S-400 missile systems as part of the effort to boost Turkey’s missile defense, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday.

Russia’s Rostech CEO Sergei Chemezov earlier confirmed that Moscow and Ankara were in talks on deliveries of S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

“Turkey is considering various options for its missile defenses, including the S-400, but no decision has been made yet,” Dirioz said.

The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.

Turkey canceled last November its $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a domestic missile defense system announced in 2009.

Cooperation With Russia, Damascus is ‘Turkey’s Only Chance to Avoid War’

 

 

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February 4 – In a recent article for the Turkish newspaper Aydınlık, Ismail Hakki Pekin, former chief of the Turkish General Staff Intelligence Department, warned that Turkey is moving step by step to war. In an interview, Pekin commented on his assumption, saying that Ankara has found itself in a difficult situation, particularly due to foreign pressure.
“The United States and Egypt are trying to force Turkey to make certain concessions, including establishing a Kurdish autonomous region in northern Syria and talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside Turkey,” Pekin said.
According to him, if such a Kurdish entity is established Ankara would be “encircled from the south” and will have to fight a “war on two fronts,” against Daesh in Syria and against PKK inside the country.
Pekin underscored that in order to achieve its goal, Washington is providing military and logistical support to the PKK, including supplying heavy weapons, anti-tanks missiles and armored combat vehicles.
“For Ankara, the only chance to derail this plan is to establish dialogue with Damascus and boost cooperation with Russia, Iran and Iraq,” he said.
Pekin underscored that Turkey should take as soon as possible certain measures to repel the threat.
He also commented on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum on switching to a presidential system of governance.
The controversial bill seeks to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers in a move described as a power-grab by the opposition Republican People’s Party and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party.
According to Pekin, the referendum could lead to social clashes in Turkey since it would only deepen tensions in the society.
“I think that Turkey should preserve its parliamentarian system, and the referendum risks splitting the Turkish people. In the current situation, any results of the vote could lead to a social disaster,” he concluded.

Turkey has evidence of US-led coalition support to Islamic State – president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/ Turkey has “confirmed evidence” of US-led coalition’s support to terrorist groups, including the Islamic State extremist group (outlawed in Russia), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“They give support to terrorist groups including Daesh (Islamic State), YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units), PYD (Democratic Union Party). It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” Iran’s Press TV quoted Erdogan as saying during a press conference Tuesday.

Erdogan’s announcement came just a day after former US Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein accused Washington of supporting terrorist groups when it serves its interests.

A US Department of State spokesman, Mark Toner, strongly rejected the accusations as having “no basis for truth.”

“I don’t think anyone could look at our actions on the ground leading the coalition in northern Syria, in Iraq and say anything other than that we’re 100% behind the defeat, destruction of Daesh, and even beyond Syria and Iraq, seeing its networks dismantled, destroyed around the region – or outside of the region around the world,” Toner said.

The spokesman added that the United States is “working constructively with Turkey to lead those efforts.”

“Turkey is playing a part and we have constant dialogue and discussion with Turkey about how we can better leverage both of our efforts,” he said.

 

No talks or decisions yet on S-300 delivery to Turkey — Putin’s aide

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December 2 – Russia has held nor talks with Turkey as of yet on possible supplies of S-300 systems, Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said on Thursday.
“The intergovernmental commission has not yet met and so far there have been no taks, let alone any decisions, on deliveries of S-300 systems to Turkey,” he said.
Turkey’s Minister of National Defense Fikri Isik said earlier the two countries were negotiating possible deliveries of Russian multiple missile launcher systems to Turkey. Later, the chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, said this issue might be looked at a meeting of the intergovernmental commission.

Turkey is discussing purchase of S-400 systems from Russia — minister

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ANKARA, November 18. /TASS/. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik has said that Ankara is in talks with Moscow regarding the purchase of S-400 air defense systems. He made the statement when asked about Turkey’s plans for building up its air defense potential.

“We are conducting talks with Russia over the S-400s. But we also go ahead with contacts with other countries on this issue. Russia’s stance is positive,” he said.

Isik hopes that Turkey’s multilateral talks will encourage NATO to come up with a more serious initiative and his country will have a system meeting the alliance’s requirements.

“But this does not mean that we will ignore Russia’s proposals. We are pushing ahead with pro-active work (with Russia – TASS) in this direction. Our ultimate goal is to start producing these systems on our own,” Isik said.

The Turkish authorities in 2013 considered bids submitted in a tender for providing air defense systems and made a decision to continue specific discussions with a Chinese manufacturer of long-range air defense systems. On the short list of applicants China placed first, the United States with its system Patriot second, and Italian-French concern Eurosam with the SAM/T system third. Russia’s Antey-2500 proposed by Rosoboronexport participated too, but was eventually rejected after appraisal.

The talks with China ended last November as the parties failed to eliminate a number of disagreements, including those over technology transfer and joint production. The authorities then made a decision to cancel the bidding contest altogether. The issue of purchasing air defense systems or launching their joint production began to be discussed at the government level again last spring.

 

Russia may consider delivering air defense systems to Turkey

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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. Russia may consider delivering air defense systems to Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

The presidential spokesman made this statement as he was answering questions about the visit, which Russian President Vladimir Putin had paid to Turkey on Monday.

“Indeed, the issues related to military and technical cooperation were on the agenda of contacts between Putin and [Turkish President Tayyip] Erdogan,” Peskov told journalists.

“Various air defense systems were mentioned,” he added.

“If the Turkish side expresses its desire, Russia may consider the possibility of their delivery to Turkey in various modifications,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“But this is a purely commercial issue, a very sensitive area of cooperation,” Peskov said.

The Russian leader told journalists after his talks on Monday that Russia was ready to continue interaction with Turkey in the sphere of military and technical cooperation and fill it with serious projects of mutual interest.

According to Putin, the proposals from both sides are being studied and have all the grounds for being implemented.

 

This is Why the Turkish Operation in Raqqa Will Serve Russian Interests

 

 Turkish armoured personnel carriers drive towards the border in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 27, 2016

   If Turkey take part in an operation to liberate Raqqa it will play in the hands of Russia because Moscow’s primary goal in Syria is destroying the self-proclaimed Daesh caliphate, experts said.

Turkey is ready to join the United States to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Daesh caliphate.

“Raqqa is an important center for Daesh… [US President Barack] Obama particularly wants to do something together about Raqqa. We have told him that this is not a problem for us… What can be done there will become more concrete after talks,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists Wednesday.

   He added that Turkey must show that it was present in the region and had no option of taking a step back on Syria and countering terrorism.

   Raqqa has been under control of terrorists since 2013. The Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Army have made attempts to liberate the city but failed. However, the balance of power changed after Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria on August 24.

   Turkey’s involvement in Syria could be a turning point in the crisis as Ankara is becoming the key player for a ground operation against Daesh.

   It is reasonable to assume that in exchange for military support to liberate Raqqa Erdogan may demand from Washington a blank check to resolve the Kurdish problem. Preventing Kurdish autonomy is crucial for Ankara,” an article on the Russian analytical website Svobodnaya Pressa read.

   At the same time, for Washington, siding with Turkey would mean correcting its policy in Syria. The US has relied on Kurdish forces in Syria but now Turkey could become Washington’s main ally in Syria.

   As for Russia’s reaction to such a scenario, Moscow is unlikely to criticize Turkey because Ankara’s engagement in Syria could also serve Russia’s interests, experts say.

“Turkey normalized ties with Russia. And it seems like Moscow unofficially authorized Turkey’s participation in a local military campaign at the Syrian border,” Stanislav Tarasov, head of the Middle East-Caucasus think-tank, told Svobodnaya Pressa.

On the one hand, Turkish involvement in Syria can facilitate a solution against Daesh problem. On the other hand, it complicates the diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, the analyst pointed out.

According to Tarasov, the operation has created problems for dialogue between Ankara, Washington and Moscow.

   “Turkey is part of a US-led international coalition. Erdogan may join forces with the US to liberate Raqqa. At the same time, Ankara and Washington understand that Russia has its interests too,” he said.

   The analyst also suggested that the Turkish operation in Syria will not deal a blow to Moscow’s and Washington’s positions in the region but poses the risk of dragging Turkey into a serious military conflict.

   “Turkey will not upset Russia’s plans if Turkish forces liberate Raqqa. Russia’s main goal in Syria is defeating Daesh terrorists. And the liberation of Raqqa would play into the hands of Moscow,” Mikhail Alexandrov, a military and political expert at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, pointed out.

   Moreover, Ankara restored ties with Moscow which means that Turkish control over Raqqa is a much better scenario than if Raqqa was liberated by the US, he added.

“Moscow would agree to this scenario. I can’t rule out that Erdogan and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin discussed it during their meeting in China,” he concluded.

US, Turkey Not Likely to Liberate Raqqa Without Green Light From Russia, Iran

 

Syrian city Raqqa

 

   Commenting on the recent announcement of the Turkish president that “Ankara sees no problem” in joining forces with the US to free the Syrian city Raqqa from Daesh, Russian political analyst Boris Dolgov said that such an operation will be held only after consultations with Russia and Iran.

Ankara and Washington are discussing military action on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Daesh), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told a group of journalists on his way back to Turkey from the G-20 summit in China, where he had a tête-à-tête meeting with US President Barack Obama,” Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Wednesday morning.

   “Obama particularly wants to do something together [with us] about Raqqa. We have told him that this is not a problem for us,” it quotes the president as further elaborating.

   The Turkish leader said that Ankara has suggested the high-ranking soldiers of both parties could come together and discuss the issue.

   “What can be done there will become more concrete after talks,” he said. “What can be done on the issue is related to the US stance.”

   Commenting on the above announcement, Senior research fellow at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Boris Dolgov noted that such an operation won’t be launched without previous consultations with Russia and Iran.

   The political analyst said that even though Washington and Ankara have a solid case for liberating the Daesh stronghold in the region, they may still have ulterior motives.

   In particular, he says, it might be an implementation of the “American scenario” of the solution to the Syrian crisis.

   “Both Raqqa and north of Syria are the territories of the sovereign state and if the above plan is going to be implemented, Raqqa will find itself under Turkish control,” he told in an interview with RIA Novosti.

   “Turkey, in turn, is leading the units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), hence it would mean that part of Syria would then find itself under control of the FSA. And this would have far-reaching consequences,” the expert explained.

   Afterwards, Boris Dolgov said, using the presence of the FSA in the region, the US and Turkey might form an alternative leadership in the region and with its support lay down certain conditions to the country’s legitimate government.

   Dolgov is, however, convinced that it is premature to speculate on the launch of the operation.

   “This operation will inevitably preceded by consultations with Russia and Iran. Russian Airspace Forces now partially control Syrian air space, thus there is a clear need in consultations with the Russian military leadership,” he finally said.