On Sunday, the 5th of May 2019, the Turk Vice President, Fuat Oktay said that the Turkey would never bow down to US sanctions regarding its agreement to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system, a tempestuous deal which had been straining ties between the NATO allies.
Followed by the release of purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system, Washington had been quoted saying earlier last month that the systems had not been compatible with the NATO military equipment and could compromise safety of its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.
Besides, Unites States had also rung a warning bell of possible US sanctions, if Turkey pushed further on purchasing Russian air defense system. Nevertheless, in response to US reaction, Turkey, which had been a prospective buyer alongside a partner on the development of F-35 fighter jets, had said that its purchase of S-400 air defense system and the fighter jets would not impact each other and Turks would not abandon its weapon deal with Russia.
Apart from that, in order to calm down an intensifying heat between the NATO allies, Turkey had also proposed to form a working group with Washington to evaluate the impacts of S-400 air defense system, however, so far, no response had been received yet, said Turk officials.
Adding that a significant part of the payment had already been made and Turks would never bend their knees on US sanctions, Turkey Vice President, Oktay said, “When Turkey signs an agreement, Turkey keeps its promise.
We signed this agreement and certain payments were made. I don’t think the arguments and concerns here have a lot to lean on”.