Turkey has proposed American technical experts to study the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system when Ankara will purchase them from Moscow, Bloomberg reported citing sources familiar with the situation.
As per this news agency, thus, Ankara hopes to settle its dispute with Washington, and due to Turkey’s purchasing missile systems from Russia.
US officials are concerned that sensitive F-35 technology designed to evade the S-400 missile defense system could be compromised and used to improve the Russian air defense system if Turkey takes possession of both systems.
After balking for years at selling Turkey its Patriot missile defense system, the US State Department notified Congress that it has proposed doing just that, a gambit designed to get Ankara to halt the S-400 deal, which could compromise NATO technology.
The US administration, however, had noted that Turkey would face punishing sanctions no matter what if it went through with the S-400 purchase.