S-400 Russian missile system delivered to Turkey against U.S. warning, sanctions may follow

Tensions are rising between Turkey and the U.S. Last year Donald Trump acknowledged that “our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”, stemming from “ disagreements over defense policy and the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson,” who has now been freed, although that did not improve relations. Now, in complete disregard of American warnings, nineRussian planes “carrying components” of the Russian designed S-400 air-defense missile-defense system completed their first delivery to Turkey on Monday. Final delivery is scheduled for Spring 2020.

The S-400 “shoot down aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles including medium-range missiles, it can also target ground systems,” and its “surface-to-air missiles can strike targets at altitudes of 10,000-27,000 m. and ballistic threats at altitudes of 2,000-25,000 m.”

The US has warned Turkey to pull back from the deal, “warning that it could face economic sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and be removed from the F-35 project. A full partner in the F-35 program, Turkey has ordered 30 of the stealth fighter jets and sent pilots to the United States to train on the aircraft.”

Turkey should have long been expelled from NATO.  Its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is aggressive and hostile to the West; his goal is a revived Ottoman Empire, making Turkey more of a threat to the NATO alliance than ally. Then there are Turkey’s increasingly warm relations with Russia, Iran and Qatar.

The latest 2.5-billion-dollar deal with Russia to purchase the S-400 systems will likely have “major ramifications” for the U.S.-Turkish relationship. A former Pentagon official, Michael Rubin, has warned that America should “no longer view Turkey as an ally,” but as a “liability.”

Turkey is an opponent of democracy, made obvious by its record. A few points:

  • Over the past couple of years, Turkey has experienced a rapid re-Islamization and the destruction of secularism.
  • In a breach of U.S. sovereignty, a spokesman for Erdogan announced that Turkish intel will continue “operations” against foes inside the US, with a focus on Fethullah Gulen.
  • Turkish imams have been acting as intel agents and violating sovereignty of Germany.
  • Turkey has a complicated relationship with the Islamic State, even aiding it actively.
  • Turkey pushes the Islamophobia subterfuge.
  • Erdogan declared that there would be a clash between the cross and the crescent over burqa bans in the EU.
  • A Turkish “human rights” committee visited Europe to investigate “Islamophobia.”
  • Erdogan has been indoctrinating Turkish youth with claims such as the one that “Jews in Israel kick women and children,” and has called for an Organization of Islamic Cooperation army to attack Israel.

A Middle East analyst, Diliman Abdulkader, has advised that the Trump administration should levy sanctions on Turkey that will “bring negative financial consequences for Turkey, which may be headed for an economic collapse similar to Venezuela, according to analysts.”

Turkey, Iran and other Muslim countries have long infiltrated free societies, spread dawah in them, promoted the hijrah globally, and allied with Leftists to curb the freedom of speech. The subversion of the U.S. was made easy by the Obama Administration. Now Trump is left with the fallout.

“Turkey’s Use of Russian S-400 System May Have ‘Major Ramifications’ for U.S., NATO,” by Jackson Richman, Jewish News Syndicate.:

(July 12, 2019 / JNS) Turkey began to receive the S-400 air-defense missile-defense system on Friday despite U.S. warnings not to do so. The move by Turkey is likely to have “major ramifications” for the U.S.-Turkish relationship, according to Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

“Turkey will no longer be able to receive F-35 stealth jets and Turkish companies removed from the F-35 supply chain will lose $12 billion of revenue. Also, the United States is likely to impose CAATSA sanctions against Turkey, which will further undermine U.S.-Turkish trade and defense cooperation,” he told JNS.
The move could also bring negative financial consequences for Turkey, which may be headed for an economic collapse similar to Venezuela, according to analysts.

“The F-35 move could prove to be a costly mistake for [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan, especially during Turkey’s ongoing economic downturn. Expected U.S. sanctions will undermine investor confidence at home and abroad, and exacerbate the country’s economic woes by triggering a new wave of capital flight,” said Erdemir.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, materials arrived at the Murted Air Base. A second shipment of equipment is expected to arrive in the near future, reported Russian state-run TASS news agency, citing a military diplomatic source.

The source said that a third delivery, consisting of more than “120 anti-aircraft missiles of various types” will arrive in Turkey “tentatively at the end of the summer, by sea.”

CNN reported that “TASS also quoted the source saying that Turkish S-400 operators will travel to Russia for training in July and August. About 20 Turkish servicemen underwent training at a Russian training center in May and June, according to the source.”

‘Defying repeated warnings’ from the U.S.

Turkey went through with the acquisition, defying repeated warnings from the United States, which has blocked the sale of the F-35 fighter jet in response, in addition to threatening sanctions on Ankara.

Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official, told JNS that Washington should no longer view Turkey as an ally.

“Erdoğan pulled the trigger but that’s fine: Turkey is more a liability than an ally. Now it’s imperative that policy makers recognize Turkey is no ally. It’s essential to calibrate U.S. policy to reality rather than wishful thinking,” said Rubin.

Similarly, Diliman Abdulkader, director of external relations at Allegiance Strategies, LLC, and a Middle East analyst, told JNS that the Trump administration should levy sanctions on Turkey.

“After numerous attempts by the United States to convince Turkey from purchasing and delivering the Russian S-400 missiles, Erdoğan decided to take his own path….

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