U.S. threatens Turkey not to get Patriots
The Untied States will halt the process of selling the Patriot systems if Ankara proceeds with the purchase of Russia's S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, a senior U.S. official said.
"We will not proceed as the condition of the congressional authorisation to make the offer to Turkey, we’re not in a condition to proceed with the Patriot sale if the S-400 sale goes forward," the source said.
"We are very concerned that the Turkish purchase of S-400 missiles will endanger Turkish participation in the F-35 programme and will likely result through our legislation in some sort of sanctions coming through the legislations called CAATSA," Hurriyet Daily cited the official as saying.
Earlier, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin reaffirmed that Ankara would purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems regardless of a potential deal with the United States on the acquisition of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems.