Washington’s proposal that Turkey delivers S-400 to Ukraine is technically impossible

Washington’s proposal that Turkey delivers S-400 to Ukraine is technically impossible

In the recent days, US media has reported on the idea that Turkey could deliver the S-400 air defense systems, which it had obtained from Russia, to Ukraine. United World International expert commented on this idea to the Russia news agency Ria Novosti.

UWI presents below the article as published by Ria Novosti.

The transfer of Russian S-400 systems by Turkey to Ukraine at the suggestion of Washington is technically impossible; the West tries to disrupt relations between Ankara and Moscow with this idea, United World International expert Mehmet Perinçek told RIA Novosti in an interview on March 20.

Reuters had reported earlier citing sources that the United States was proposing Turkey to transfer the S-400 air defense systems it had acquired from Russia to the Ukrainian army. American authorities are currently searching worldwide Russian or Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile systems that Ukraine could use to counter Russian aircraft and missiles.

“Anyone with even minimal knowledge on military matters knows that, when buying and selling such strategic weapons as the Russian S-400, a document is signed concerning the end user. That means, the purchasing country guarantees not to sell or transfer them to third countries, especially to countries that are in a hostile position with the country that produced these weapons. Turkey signed this document, thereby providing guarantees to the Russian side,” the analyst said.

According to Perinçek, “the United States is pursuing its goals in the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine. One of them is to deal a serious blow to Turkish-Russian relations with this kind of provocative information. Only the West benefits from the confrontation between Ankara and Moscow. The S-400s are strategic weapons for Turkey; Ankara needs these systems itself. Turkey is de jure Turkey a NATO member, but de facto, Turkey has become a target of NATO. Therefore, the S-400 for Turkey is a matter of national security”.

The purchase of the S-400 has become one of the main irritants in relations between the United States and Turkey. Ankara has refused to decommission Russian systems, despite political pressure, sanctions and the exclusion from F-35 fifth-generation fighter production program.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin described its goal a “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” For that purpose, according to Putin a “demilitarization and de-nazification of Ukraine” is planned and carried out in order to bring all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass to justice. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Armed Forces strike only at the military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops. With the support of the Russian Armed Forces, the DPR and LPR groups are developing an offensive, but there is no talk of the occupation of Ukraine, the Russian president stressed.

Mehmet Perinçek

Historian and political scientist (Türkiye)

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June 2024