As U.S. Pressure On Turkey Mounts Over S-400 Missile System, Russia Vows Timely Delivery
Passions run high around S-400 missile defense system purchased by Turkey but not yet delivered as well as a possible war in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the U.S. and with possible involvement of Arab countries and Israel on the side of Washington.
The delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is going according to the schedule, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes.
"The delivery will be carried out earlier than originally planned, at the request of the Turkish side," Peskov told reporters in Kazakhstan's capital Nursultan, formerly known as Astana. He added that there would be no delay in the delivery of defense hardware.
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger congressional sanctions.
Turkey decided in 2017 to purchase the S-400 system following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success.
Turkish political expert, the coordinator for foreign policy of the Turkish Center for the Study of Modern Iran (IRAM), Sabir Askaroglu believes Ankara is considering several options with regard to the purchase of similar systems.
In comments on news that the United States allegedly gave Turkey two weeks to cancel the contract for S-400 air defense system from Russia that was denied by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the pundit said:
Repeatedly, through the mouths of the highest officials of Turkey, it was said that Ankara finally made a decision on this issue. But despite this, the United States is struggling to put a speck in the wheel. By threats and pressure, they want to achieve the termination of this contract. In this regard, Turkey will act in accordance with its state interests.
Russia is also interested in supplying these complexes to Turkey, and therefore it continues to fulfill all of its obligations (training of technical personnel, etc.). But U.S. pressure is increasing through diplomatic channels. We are waiting for a long process to resolve this issue. So far, we do not know how the geopolitical situation will develop, but we can say one thing, that despite unprecedented pressure from Washington, Ankara does not intend to step back.
Asked about France’s intention to try to “seduce” Turkey by offering its own anti-aircraft missile systems (SAMP-T) and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s promise to look into proposal of French, he added.
For Turkey, proposals of the United States and France are extremely unprofitable, which provides for the basing of data of the anti-aircraft systems and keeping, the control panel under control. Ankara has repeatedly stated that if there is such cooperation, then Turkey’s interests and sensitivity in this matter should be taken into account, otherwise Ankara will refuse such cooperation.
The goal of Turkey is to have access to the control system of these weapons and to participate in the production and development of these complexes in the future. For example, Turkey, too, as France wants to produce these systems. And at the expense of the French proposal, I think that we can consider the issue and clarify how profitable this deal is for Turkey.
Most likely, the words of the minister of defense that they are ready to consider are connected with this. And if we compare the proposal of the Americans on Patriots and the proposal of the French on SAMP-T with the deal that Turkey concluded with Russia, then we will see that the C-400 is a better choice. But while the negotiations are continuing, and I am confident that Turkey will make the right decision.
After the recent events in the Persian Gulf, after the attack of oil tankers and reservoirs of Saudi Arabia by drones and UAVs, tensions in the region are growing. The United States sent new forces to the region, and the Israeli media writes about an imminent attack on Iran. What do you think is happening there and how real is the war against Iran? If, nevertheless, the United States and Israel strike Iran, then what consequences can this action bring in terms of regional and global security, he said.
At the highest level, both the United States and Iran have stated that they do not intend to fight each other. If a war begins, it will cause great damage to both the United States and Iran, including the entire region, and will threaten international security.
Not only Iran and the United States, even many world countries do not want this war and are trying to dissuade the parties from confrontation. Of course, this war could turn into a total confrontation and would encompass all the neighboring regions in the Middle East.
In the meantime, U.S. has ramped up rhetoric and blamed Iran for the attack on the oil tanker.
Tehran was 'most likely' responsible for sabotaging oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago, National Security Advisor John Bolton has alleged. He did not provide evidence to support the accusation.
Bolton claimed on Wednesday that Iran was “almost certainly” behind an attack that targeted four oil tankers off the coast of Fujairah. Speaking to journalists at a press briefing in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, Bolton also alleged that Iran was behind a failed attack on the Saudi oil-port of Yanbu. Iran used “naval mines” to carry out the attack on the oil tankers, Bolton said, without going into details.
The accusations come just days after the Pentagon blamed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for the attack.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has requested more information about exactly what happened off the UAE coast, and cautioned that the incident could be a “conspiracy by ill-wishers.” Tehran has denied any involvement in the alleged sabotage, but says it’s not intimidated by Washington’s incendiary rhetoric and military posturing.
Little is known about the alleged attack on four oil tankers. No details were provided on casualties, and the local government denied reports of an explosion at an oil terminal in a local port.
The Emirates’ Foreign Ministry described it as “sabotage” without giving any further information about its nature or the damage to vessels sailing under the Emirati, Saudi, and Norwegian flags. It has remained tight-lipped since then.
Tensions between the US and Iran are on the rise after Tehran announced that it would defy American sanctions by selling its oil on the “grey market.” In response, the U.S. sent a strike group to the Persian Gulf, describing the deployment as a “message” to Iran.