Turkey plans to purchase extra Russian defence programs: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. Normal Meeting in New York Metropolis, US, on September 21, 2021. REUTERS
  • Erdogan says no one will be capable of intervene when it comes to what sort of defence programs we purchase, from which nation, and at what stage.
  • The US imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Defence Trade Directorate and its 4 officers in December over the acquisition of a primary batch.
  • Erdogan to go to Russia subsequent week to satisfy President Vladimir Putin to debate points together with the violence in northwestern Syria.

WASHINGTON: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned that Turket nonetheless intends to purchase a second batch of S-400 missile protection programs from Russia, which may deepen a rift with NATO ally, Washington, and set off contemporary US sanctions.

Washington says the S-400s pose a menace to its F-35 fighter jets and to NATO’s broader defence programs. Turkey says it was unable to acquire air defence programs from any NATO ally on passable phrases.

“Sooner or later, no one will be capable of intervene when it comes to what sort of protection programs we purchase, from which nation at what stage,” Erdogan mentioned in an interview aired on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan at CBS Information on Sunday.

“No person can intervene with that. We’re the one ones to make such selections.”

The US imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Defence Trade Directorate, its Chief Ismail Demir and three different workers in December following the nation’s acquisition of a primary batch of S-400s.

Talks continued between Russia and Turkey in regards to the supply of a second batch, which Washington has repeatedly mentioned would virtually actually set off new sanctions.

Erdogan will go to Russia subsequent week to satisfy President Vladimir Putin to debate points together with the violence in northwestern Syria.

Erdogan additionally mentioned that US President Joe Biden by no means raised the difficulty of Turkey’s human rights monitor report, seen as extraordinarily troublesome by worldwide rights advocacy teams, confirming Reuters reporting from earlier in September.

Requested whether or not Biden introduced up the difficulty throughout their June assembly on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, Erdogan mentioned: “No he did not. And since we have no issues of that nature when it comes to freedoms, Turkey is incomparably free,” he mentioned.

Turkey is among the many high jailers of journalists, in accordance with figures from the Committee to Shield Journalists (CPJ), whereas Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Erdogan’s authoritarian rule has consolidated by passing laws that contravenes worldwide human rights obligations.

US and Turkish sources informed Reuters earlier this month that Biden, who has repeatedly mentioned selling human rights worldwide, lies on the coronary heart of his international coverage, didn’t carry up the difficulty of human rights in his assembly with Erdogan.

The dialogue centered on Afghanistan, Syria and Turkey’s buy of the Russian S-400s.

Turkish officers took it as a sign Washington wouldn’t push arduous over human rights, the sources mentioned, regardless of repeated public criticism from the Biden administration of Ankara’s remedy of opposition teams and its official recognition that the 1915 killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire was genocide.

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