Military Capabilities

Turkey rejects proposal to give up S-400 in exchange for F-35s

30 August 2018

Key Points

  • Turkey has accused the US of using threatening language regarding Russian S-400s
  • The Turkish-US crisis has whet the appetite of Russia and Iran, which both offer Ankara joint fighter production

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has reacted to a proposal by a US congressional delegation that visited Ankara on 27 August to abandon the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system in return for Washington unblocking Turkey’s procurement of F-35 fighter jets by calling on the United States to stop using threatening language, adding that such issues cannot be handled “like in cowboy films”.

“Turkey is in urgent need of an air defence system to defend itself,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Vilnius, Lithuania, on 28 August.

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