New US message to Turkey on S-400s: We have never shown a willingness to accept their possession

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All scenarios for possible acceptance of the occupation of the Russian system S-400 closes the State Department from Turkey, clarifying that the US remains firm in not accepting this action.

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The United States has offered no indication that it is ready to accept the possession of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system by the Turkey, clarified the representative of the State Department Ned Price. The US official was asked if there was a time when the Biden government considered accepting the transfer of S-400 missiles to the Incirlik NATO base as a temporary solution.

“I could not talk about what the previous government might have done. And I would not like to talk about any private diplomatic discussions, but let me just say that we have never offered any indication that we are willing to accept the occupation by Turkey of the S-400 system. “I will reiterate that this is not compatible with Turkey’s status as a NATO ally,” the State Department spokesman was quoted as saying by AMPE.

S-400: US rejects scenarios for compromise

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It is worth noting that the State Department appears to be closing the door on all scenarios that want the US to be ready to accept the stay of the S-400s in Turkey through a compromise solution that will be of a technical nature. On all relevant issues, US officials continue to urge Ankara to abandon the S-400, stressing that Washington’s policy on the issue has not changed. During the State Department press conference, Mr. Price appeared to be on the same wavelength.

“The Russian S-400s – and let’s be very clear about that – are not compatible with NATO equipment. They threaten the security of its technology NATO. They are not in line with Turkey’s allied commitments to NATO. We urge Turkey and we continue to urge Turkey not to maintain this system. In fact, Turkey’s possession of this system triggered sanctions under CAATSA law. At the same time, Turkey is a long-standing and valuable NATO ally. And for that reason It is particularly important for us that Turkey recognizes the incompatibility of the S-400 system with its status as a NATO ally “.

Continuing, Mr. Price explained that the specific positions have been transferred by Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken to the Turkish officials with whom he is talking, while he estimated that President Biden will do the same during the upcoming meeting with him. Tayyip Erdogan. As he said, “this is the message sent by Minister Blinken (to the Turkish officials). President Biden will of course have the opportunity to see his Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of the NATO summit in the coming days. “I would not like to preview this conversation, but our opposition to the S-400 system and our deep conviction that it is incompatible with Turkey’s status as a NATO ally is something we have repeatedly made clear to the Turks.”

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