Turkey May Cancel S-400 Deal

S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.
S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.

Ankara may cancel its S-400 deal with Russia if the latter doesn’t agree to jointly produce the anti-aircraft missile system.

According to the Kremlin, negotiations are currently being held on the subject.

“I can tell you that contacts and negotiations at the expert level in the context of this deal continue,” Peskov said when asked whether Russia was ready to transfer to Turkey technology to jointly manufacture S-400 systems on the country’s territory.

Turkey is pressuring Moscow to jointly produce the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system or it would find another partner, according to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“We have agreed in principle on joint production in the middle- and long-term. If Russians do not agree, we will sign an agreement with another country. But we have not received any negative messages [from Moscow] regarding this issue. Putin said that the two sides could take steps to launch a joint production,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Aksam newspaper.

The problem of a joint production is that Turkey is a NATO country and would put his hands on the state-of-the-art missile system’s blueprint. NATO would then have a significant advantage in developing counter-measures against Russia’s main anti-aircraft system.

S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, courtesy of ria.ru & raspletin.com
S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, courtesy of ria.ru & raspletin.com

By doing so, all of Western Russia as well as Crimea and Kaliningrad would lose part of its A2/AD capabilities enabling NATO’s aircraft to effectively evade both the S-400 targeting system and enhance its countermeasure if fired upon.

Moscow could also agree to jointly produce the S-400 with heavy modifications but Turkey would most likely be against based on the principle that it was an identical copy of the current system.

Turkey already made the first payment on the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system last month.