DSP - Turkey Got Their Missiles


A Russian plane unloading the S-400 missiles in Ankara. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Previously, the Dark Secret Place has reported on how the United States was forcing Turkey to make a choice between Russia's S-400 missile defense system and the US's F-35 jet program.

Earlier, Turkey made its decision.

And they chose the S-400.

This missile has the capability to shoot down NATO planes and the F-35 jet.

The deal Turkey has made may have major consequences in regards to their credentials with NATO and their relationship with the United States.

CNN reports that tensions have been increasing between Turkey and the US. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the United States for protecting Fethullah Gulen, whom he suspects was behind a coup attempt in 2016.

Erdogan stated, "The coup plotter is in your country. You are nurturing him there. It's out in the open".

Erdogan has also not been happy with how the United States has helped the YPG, a Kurdish militia who has helped fight ISIS in Syria. Erdogan claims it is a terrorist organization and has tweeted, "The US has now acknowledged that it has established a terror army along our borders".

Meanwhile, the US has disapproved of Turkey's handling of prison sentences given to US citizens in Turkey and them threatening to close Inirlik, a US airbase in Turkey.

But there has been no disagreement bigger than the S-400 deal with Russia.

The US has threatened to put more sanctions on Turkey and, as previously mentioned, has said that Turkey will not be part of the F-35 program if Turkey goes through with the purchase.

Erdogan has responded by saying that removing Turkey from the F-35 program would be "robbery" since they have spent over $1 billion on it.

Another major part of this story is Russia, specifically Putin who is thrilled to further separate Turkey and the US.

Putin has also convinced Turkey to join the "Astana" process which will help develop the future of Syria. Turkey needs Russia's help if it wants to determine the direction Syria will go.

Erdogan has been in power in Turkey for over 15 years. He wants to make Turkey a more independent country without the "nuclear umbrella" of the United States. This deal with Russia is one step further in that direction.

Although Hulusi Akar, Turkey's Defense Minister, has claimed that Turkey will still think about buying US Patriot missiles, the US-Turkey relationship is changing.

Stephen A. Cook, someone who has observed Turkey for a while says, "In the future, U.S. policy should be based on the fact that while Turkey is not an enemy of the United States, it is also not a friend".

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