Russian Federation arms deal jeopardises your North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership, United States tells Turkey

Posted April 06, 2019

"Such language was never used", Cavusoglu claimed in a press conference in Washington, where he was attending the NATO Foreign Ministers' Conference.

"When a nation shows up and offers you goods that are well below market, one ought to ask what else is at play", Pompeo said Thursday, calling the offers from Chinese technology companies "literally too good to be true".

The NATO allies are at odds over issues including USA support for a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as terrorists by Ankara and Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile system over U.S. objections.

Stoltenberg also called Russia's alleged breach of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty part of a "pattern of destabilizing behavior". "It could turn Germany's economy into literally a captive of Russian Federation".

In a 2018 strategy document, the United States military put countering China and Russian Federation at the heart of a new national defence strategy.

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"These are real challenges, to be sure, and now is not the time to repeat exhausted excuses that our citizens don't support increased defence spending or security spending", he said.

Were it not for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg being invited to speak before a joint meeting of Congress, a first, and his remarks, which received strong bipartisan applause from United States lawmakers, the alliance's 70th anniversary would have been a bleak affair characterized mainly by the White House's unrelenting bickering over money. Among the challenges, Pompeo said, are "things not solved by more troops being on the ground" - including cyberattacks and hybrid warfare.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (2nd L) listens to President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Cabinet Room at the White House, April 2, 2019.

On Monday, the United States said it was suspending Turkey's participation in the F-35 fighter-jet program due to Ankara's plans to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system, raising fears that Moscow could gain data to hone its hardware and shoot down Western aircraft. "Our alliance naturally requires that such statements are prepared with greater care, while avoiding to include matters that were not raised during meetings".

The Trump administration has halted its sale of F-35 fighter jets to ally Turkey until the country agrees to cancel its purchase of an anti-aircraft missile system from Russian Federation, according to reports.

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The S-400 is an anti-missile and anti-aircraft weapon system, similar to the US Patriot.

"Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance..."

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Last month, the outgoing chief of U.S. European Command, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said it would be his "best military advice" that the F-35 sale to Ankara be canceled if it buys the S-400. Questions have been raised about whether the USA may eventually sanction Turkey over the purchase. Turkish pilots have been training there to fly the F-35s, which are slated to be taken to Turkey in November.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Turkey of "devastating" consequences if it attacks Syria.

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"I think it will have a short-term, temporary effect of assuaging concerns about United States engagement and participation in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", predicted Wyne.