[Global Network Military Report of 6 March] Russian Satellite News Agency reported on 5 March that Admiral Scarborotti, commander of the U.S. European Command, said in a speech to the Senate that the United States was still persuading Turkey to give up buying Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.
I hope Turkey will change its decision on this system, Scarparotti said. It may prevent (Turkey) from acquiring many other weapons systems supplied by our country. As a soldier, my advice is not to sell F-35 fighters, he added.
In December 2017, Turkey signed an agreement with Russia on the acquisition of the S-400 air defense missile system, which became the fuse of diplomatic friction between Ankara and Washington. The United States wants Turkey to abandon the purchase of S-400 air defense missiles and use only the American Patriot air defense system. Turkey took a tough stand on the issue, saying that even if it purchased the patriots of the United States, it would not give up Russias S-400, pointing out that the two were irrelevant.
Turkish Defense Minister Akar has previously revealed that Russia will begin delivering the S-400 system to Turkey in October 2019.
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