Turkey dismisses U.S. warning over S-400 Russian missiles

Erdogan breaks silence on US to stand by Russian missile deal

USA officials also said the decision to go ahead with the S-400 deal would jeopardize Turkey's purchase of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and possibly result in the United States imposing sanctions.

In an interview with Kanal 24 television late Wednesday, Erdogan also said Turkey could consider purchasing the more advanced S-500 system in the future.

Earlier this week, the head of U.S. European Command told lawmakers the United States should not move forward with the F-35 sales, should Turkey purchase the S-400.

The issue has aggravated already souring relations with Ankara, including tensions over the war in Syria.

This is a huge decision for Turkey and we've continuously - I've talked to them personally as...all of our leadership has...[and] I would hope that they would reconsider this one decision on S-400, one system, [or] potentially forfeit numerous other systems...that we provide them.

Since then President Erdoğan has repeatedly said Ankara will go ahead with the S-400 purchase.

Mr Erdogan would do well to heed the warning, as well as the possibility of U.S. sanctions.

Erdogan breaks silence on US to stand by Russian missile deal
Turkey dismisses US warning over S-400 Russian missiles

At the same time, Turkey has helped finance the F-35 program and planned to buy 100 of the jets from the USA, the first of which are due to be delivered later this year. They have warned Ankara that Turkey risked both jeopardising its purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 jets from the U.S. and having sanctions imposed.

"They will not get the F-35s if they take the S-400", he added, later indicating the potential Patriot sale would also be blocked.

U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have repeatedly complained that the Russian S-400 could not be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence system.

"My best military advice would be that we don't... follow through with the F-35, flying it or working with an ally that's working with Russian systems, particularly air-defense systems".

As a result of the planned S-400 procurement, the Pentagon launched a large study into whether it would be possible to remove Turkey from the F-35 industrial base.

Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told state-owned Anadolu news agency that the move followed an agreement made in September a year ago.

Washington fears the sophisticated radar of the S-400 system could compromise the F-35 technology, which was developed to elude Russian-made systems.

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