According to the statement of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the S-400 will begin to be used in his country by the beginning of 2020. He said this in an interview with TGRT Haber.
According to a senior official, the Russian S-400 is much better than the American Patriot ("Patriot"). At the same time, he emphasized once again that the S-400 is a defensive system.
If Turkey is attacked from the air, we use (use) them to avoid this attack
- noted Chavushoglu.
Cavusoglu said that US President Donald Trump has the opportunity not to apply sanctions against Turkey under the Law on Countering US Adversaries through Sanctions (CAATSA). However, if Washington is hostile, Ankara is ready to retaliate.
Chavushoglu added that Ankara decided to participate in the development program of the F-35 “invisible” American fighter, because she liked this project, “this is a good system with advanced technology". However, if Washington finally closes the opportunity for Ankara to get the F-35, then it will be forced to look for an alternative.
It should be recalled that Turkey, according to repeated statements by the country's leadership, has already invested about $ 35 billion in the F-1,4 project. At the same time, the United States believes that Russia, with the help of the S-400, will be able to learn the secrets of the “invisible”, but very expensive F-35.