The U.S. will provide assistance to Turkey in the conflict with Syria on condition that Ankara “takes out” Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 “Triumph”. This was announced on Wednesday, April 1, by U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison at a telephone briefing.
“We hope that Turkey will be able to fight back the Syrian aggression supported by Russia, which resulted in the killing of many Turkish soldiers. We hope that we will be able to put together a package of assistance for Turkey. We hope that Turkey will not deploy the Russian air defense system (S-400 – Ed.) in its country – it is holding back the potential that we can provide them to confront the Syrian aggression”.
On March 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the U.S. has taken a less tough stance against the fact that Turkey is buying S-400 from Russia, noting that Washington is asking for a promise not to put Russian air defense systems into operation.
On March 6, the Turkish leader said that Russian S-400s will be deployed in the country in April. Prior to that, on 27 February, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, appealed to the Turkish authorities to give up Russian S-400s due to the current situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.