Ankara, Turkey – “S-400s will not be integrated into NATO’s command and control infrastructure. Turkey fulfills all its responsibilities,” he said.
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, regarding the S-400 Test shot, said: “every defense procurement program includes trials and system checks. These procedures are part of the procurement program and are a purely technical activity,” he said.
Akar also said, ” S-400s will not be integrated into NATO’s command and control infrastructure. Turkey fulfils all the responsibilities expected of NATO members., “he said.
National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made the statement regarding the test shots from the S-400s.
“All layers and sectors need to be considered for full protection and coverage. Alternative systems (such as Patriot, SAMP-T) can also be taken according to the need. Turkey has worked with all its allies on the alternative and is ready to work. The supply of the S-400 was not a choice, but a necessity,” he said.
“The S-400s will be used independently in the national system, in the same way that Russian weapons such as the S-300s that exist in NATO are used,” Akar said, speaking about the S-300s in the hands of Greece.
“Patriot air defense systems can be obtained from the United States if guarantees such as transfer, joint production and delivery schedule are given,” Akar said of the purchase of Patriot from the United States. We have sold, but Congress does not approve, does not allow delivery,” he said.
Minister of National Defense Akar: S-400s are not a choice but a necessity
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar spoke about the hot agenda item S-400s of recent days. Akar told Us-based Bloomberg that the S-400s are a necessity, not a choice, but that does not mean moving away from NATO.
The S-400 defense system, which Turkey bought from Russia, does not fall off the agenda of the international press. After allegations that a missile was fired last week in Sinop, where the S-400s were sent for testing, many statements came from the United States.
National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the S-400 defense system is a necessity, not a choice, for Turkey, but it does not mean a departure from NATO.
” The S-400s will not be integrated into NATO’s command and control infrastructure, ” Akar said, stressing that instead the system will be used separately, as is the case in other NATO countries (the Greek S-300).
Meanwhile, Minister Akar did not close the door to the Franco-Italian co-built Eurosam and US-made Patriot missiles. Akar said they could buy the missiles if favorable conditions were formed.
Minister Akar’s statements about the tests were also included in the news. Akar said: “there are trials and system checks within the framework of each defense program supply. These procedures are part of the procurement program and are a purely technical activity,” he said.
Akar’s remarks were interpreted in the news as an implicit verification of the S-400 tests.
The United States, which opposed Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 from Russia, had warned Ankara that this system was not compatible with NATO systems.
After Turkey did not give up the S-400s, the United States removed Turkey from the F-35 program. The United States had also threatened Turkey with sanctions if it started using S-400s.
Turkey and Russia signed the $ 2.5 billion S-400 agreement in 2017, and air defense systems were transferred to Turkey in June 2019.