ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has assured Russian ambassador Aleksei Erkhov that Turkey will not let the US inspect Russian S-400 air defense systems, a source in the Turkish foreign ministry said.
“Our minister has assured the Russian ambassador that there are no negotiations on Turkey giving the US the opportunity to inspect the S-400 air defense systems,” he said.
On Wednesday, Cavusoglu revealed on his Twitter account that he had a meeting with Erkhov, but did not provide details of the agenda.
With regard to two sources, Bloomberg reported earlier that Turkey would have allowed the US to examine the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems that Moscow will provide to Ankara in the near future.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar categorically rejected reports that Ankara had proposed to the US technical experts to examine the S-400 systems after their purchase from Russia.
The credit agreement for the supply of the S-400 air defense systems to Turkey was signed in December 2017 in Ankara. As stated by Rostec’s head of state, Sergei Chemezov, it is the supply of four S-400 divisions worth $2.5 billion.
The US government is trying to thwart Russia’s agreement with Turkey to supply S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems by approving the supply of American Patriot missiles so as not to lose the possibility of influencing this NATO member country, he told military specialist Igor Korotchenko.
Earlier, the US State Department reported that it had authorized the possible sale to Turkey of the Patriot missile system and related equipment worth $3.5 billion. Turkey has asked for permission to buy four sets with 20 launchers and 80 interceptor missiles.
“It is a systematic plan of Washington: not to accept Russia’s agreement to supply the S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, a NATO member country. The US does everything to influence Turkey’s president Erdogan for him cancel the contract with Russia on the supply of the S-400,” commented Korotchenko.