Turan: During Erdogan’s visit to the United States, the question of the fate of the Russian S-400 systems was not resolved. “We talked about this today, we will talk about it in the future, and I hope we can solve this issue,” Trump said after meeting with Erdogan.
Apparently, this topic will remain a serious problem for Ankara and Washington in the near future.
The expert of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, Ilya Kramnik, believes that Ankara will in any case try to find a solution to the problem, since it cannot afford to completely break off relations with the West in the military sphere. “Turkey depends on the US and the EU in the supply of components, high-precision ammunition and units for drones and ships of its own production,” the Kommersant newspaper quoted Kramnik as saying.
Konstantin Makienko, deputy director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, agrees with this. He admits the possibility of transferring the complexes to a third party, for example, Azerbaijan. A similar precedent in history has already taken place: in 1996, Russia signed an agreement to supply two S-300 divisions to Cyprus, but after criticism from Turkey, the complexes were transferred to Greece, with which the island state has a common defense policy, for installation in Crete.