Despite the recent warning from the State Department and Capitol Hill about the further the US sanctions over Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to get the first part of the Russian S-400 missile defense system next week.
Aaron Stein, the director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Middle East program said that Russia started preparing Turkish soldiers for practice of the the S-400 system in May and may continue up to October.
“What they mean by acquisition is that some of these components, some elements of the S-400 — its truck-mounted system with the radars and missiles — will begin to show up in July,” Stein said.
The Trump administration and lawmakers, meanwhile, might delay the sanctions “to give the administration time to talk Turkey out of this.”
According to the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) considering any country that “engages in a significant transaction” with the Russian defense and intelligence sector, the Trump administration must choose 5 of 12 sanctions to put on Turkey, ranging from Turkey dismissal from US loans to bans on Turkish business at all.
However, Stein noted that “The law wasn’t very clear. All of the true experts really dislike CAATSA and feel it is a terrible piece of legislation, mainly because it’s so vague and interpretation is so difficult. Turkey is the first case study.”
Moreover, Turkey is also interested in acquisition of Su-57 fighter jet from Russia and joint creation of the S-500 missile defense system with Moscow.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website