Turkish Foreign Ministry refutes reports on U.S. S-400 ultimatum
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran has rejected media reports that the United States demands cancelling the deal on purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile system by the end of the first week of June, A has reported.
"Nothing of that kind was at the official level. In March the US renewed its previous proposal on supplies of Patriot missile systems. Actually, we believe that this concerned this proposal," the Haber TV channel cited Kiran as saying.
At the meeting with representatives of Turkish mass media in Washington, the deputy foreign minister noted that Ankara opposed the U.S. sanctions under the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" because the deal with Moscow on the S-400 had been signed before the law was passed.
The CNN quoted sources at the Department of State as saying Turkey had a two-week deadline to make up its mind regarding the purchase of U.S. fighter-bombers F-35 and Russia’s air defense systems S-400. Washington demands Turkey sever the S-400 contract by the end of the first week of June or face negative consequences.