Ankara to rebuff US proposal to send S-400s to Kiev: Vatan Party
Ankara will not accept Washington's proposal to transfer the S-400 systems purchased from Russia to Kiev, says the chairman of the left-wing Turkish Vatan Party Dogu Perincek.
The chairman of the left-wing Turkish Vatan Party Dogu Perincek said that Ankara will not accept Washington's proposal to transfer the S-400 systems purchased from Russia to Kiev.
Reuters reported earlier in the day, citing sources that the US has suggested to Turkey to send its Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Ukraine.
The move is considered part of Washington's effort to transfer Russian or Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile systems to deliver to Kiev in the midst of the conflict with Russia.
"The US does not have the authority to order Turkey around. The Turkish government will by no means accept an order like handing over Russian S-400s to Ukraine... The Turkish government has no such chance. It is impossible that the Turkish government will be willing to even listen to such orders. This information is typical American intelligence propaganda. We have gone through this many times. Again, this is not possible. Such pressure cannot break Turkey," Perincek said.
It is worth mentioning that Turkey's participation in the F-35 program was suspended in 2019 due to Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, and it was later removed entirely from the project. Despite harsh criticism from the US and NATO over the purchase, Turkey has insisted on continuing to operate the S-400s.
Earlier today, Turkey said that Russia and Ukraine have made progress in their talks to end the special military operation in Ukraine, adding that the two warring parties were close to reaching an agreement.