An initiative has been presented in the Senate of the upper house of the US Congress to allow the Pentagon to buy the Russian-supplied air defense system S-400 from Turkey, the Russian language service of the BBC reports.
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Such an offer, as part of many potential amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act 2021, was made by Republican Senator John Tunun.
The amendments will take effect if approved by Congress and signed by the President of the United States.
The text explains that such a deal can only be concluded if Turkey undertakes not to use the proceeds to purchase arms that the United States considers incompatible with NATO systems.
Turkey signed an agreement with Russia on the purchase of the S-400 air defense system in 2017, marking an improvement in relations between the two countries. However, the deal worsened relations between Ankara and Washington.
Due to the purchase of the S-400, the United States excluded Turkey from the F-35 fifth-generation fighter program. Turkey joined the program as a buyer of new aircraft and a manufacturer of individual parts.
Washington emphasizes that the Russian S-400 is incompatible with the NATO defense network and could jeopardize the F-35 program, allowing Russian intelligence to obtain valuable data on the capabilities of the new fighters.
However, Ankara did not refuse the deal with Moscow and the US even discussed the possibility of imposing sanctions on Turkey.
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