An American official says the United States is engaged in negotiations with Turkey in a bid to sell Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems to the Ankara government as an alternative to the advanced Advanced S-400 air defense missile systems.
US Ambassador Kaidanow, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, told reporters on Monday that the US State Department was in talks with Turkey and "trying to give the Turks an understanding of what we can do with respect to Patriot."
She, however, did not provide any information whether American authorities have had a meeting with their Turkish counterparts.
A number of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states have criticized Turkey over its planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, stating that move could jeopardize Ankara's acquisition of F-35 fighter jets.
“Ultimately we are concerned that by purchasing these systems from the Russians it will be supportive of some of the least good behavior that we have seen from them (Russia) in various places including Europe but also elsewhere," Kaidanow said.
She said Washington wanted to ensure that systems acquired by US allies “remain supportive of the strategic relationship between us and our allies, in the case of Turkey that is Patriots.”
On Sunday, the top American Air Force general in Europe warned that the Turkish government’s plan to purchase Russian S-400 systems would give the advanced air defense shield deep insight into the US radar-evading F-35 fighter jets.
“Anything that an S-400 can do that affords it the ability to better understand a capability like the F-35 is certainly not to the advantage of the coalition,” General Tod Wolters, who is also the NATO Allied Air Commander, said.'
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