Turkey has plan B for F-35s
Orient Net 2019-04-24 06:26:00
Turkey's purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia is a "done deal" and there is no "interim formula" including third parties, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.
Answering reporters' questions after a special parliament session held for the 99th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Cavusoglu said that the S-400 systems Turkey bought would constitute no threat to NATO systems or "see them as the enemy," in efforts to reassure Washington and NATO over security concerns.
The minister also hit back at the US for ending exemptions on oil imports, saying it was wrong for the US to try to steer Turkey toward Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.
He previously said the US decision to end waivers on Iran oil imports would only harm regional peace.
Meanwhile, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also commented on tensions between the US and Turkey.
Akar said Turkey was unfazed by threats and had a plan B in case the US blocks F-35 deliveries and terminates the deal.
"We have short-term, medium-term and long-term plans", Akar said, adding that there was no deadlock in the process so far.
Based on the Daily Sabah