The US State Department approved the possible sale of Patriot missile systems to Turkey in order to prevent the Moscow-Ankara deal from supplying Russian S-400 systems, said Sergei Zheleznyak, member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Earlier, the Pentagon’s Defense and Security Cooperation Agency reported that the US State Department approved a possible deal with Turkey to sell Patriot’s missile defense systems with the corresponding equipment for a total of $ 3.5 billion. Turkey has requested permission to purchase four sets with 20 launchers and 80 interceptor missiles.
New anti-aircraft missile system S-400 entered service in the Eastern Military District. In the broadcast of Sputnik radio, military expert Alexei Leonkov noted that, according to its characteristics, the ZRS is unparalleled.
“The US is trying to prevent the Russian deal with Turkey on the supply of S-400 missile systems, which is why the State Department urgently approved the sale of $ 3.5 billion worth of Patriot missile complexes to Turkey. to buy from the USA “, – his press service quotes Zheleznyak.
The parliamentarian believes that Washington will have to make extraordinary efforts to try to disrupt the Ankara deal to buy Russian S-400. As Zheleznyak explained, Turkey has recently manifested itself as an independent player in the international arena, proceeding from its national objectives and state interests.
“Despite the fact that Turkey is a member of NATO, the country pursues an independent foreign policy and, in matters of protecting sovereignty, relies primarily on itself,” said the deputy.
Earlier, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the possible sale of American missile defense systems to Turkey and the delivery of Russian S-400 systems there are not related processes, the implementation of the contract with Russia will continue.