Turkey proposes a working table with the USA and NATO on S-400
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a virtual summit of the Atlantic Council, proposed to the United States a working table with NATO to resolve the dispute between Ankara and Washington on the S-400s, Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported.
In July 2019, the US decided to freeze Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter development program in response to Ankara’s decision to purchase S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
The Pentagon fears that the presence of S-400 air defense systems on Turkish territory could allow Moscow to acquire crucial information on the stealth characteristics of the F-35s.
Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan already discussed this issue during Erdogan’s visit to the White House on 13 November. However, the Turkish president has not taken any steps yet. “We said that if the current disagreement over the F-35s continues, Turkey will have to look elsewhere to meet its medium-term needs,” said Erdogan at the end of the meeting.