Turkey Faces Threats For Inking Landmark Arms Deal With Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

The system is not operationally compatible with the systems used by NATO countries, which gives Turkey a military capacity independent of the alliance. NATO commanders will not have control over it. The identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment won’t prevent Turkey from using it against NATO aircraft and missiles. Reaching full operational capability will require Russian personnel to be stationed in Turkey on advice, assistance and training missions.

The technology transfer component of the S-400 deal is especially important as it would allow Turkey to rapidly expand domestic defense industry with Russia’s help. Russia would supply two batteries and help Ankara build two more such systems. A few years ago, the US refused to let Turkey produce Patriot air defense systems on its soil and the deal was off.

Ankara does not have industrial infrastructure to produce air defense systems. Russian specialists will have to come and build it from scratch. As a result, Russia will get access to the defense infrastructure of a NATO member state. The agreement to build the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, which is to be launched by 2023, is another example of fruitful economic cooperation.

NATO insists members of the alliance are obligated to use military hardware that is interoperable with each other's systems. But the S-400 deal is not the first time the principle of interoperability is not observed. Greece purchased Russia's S-300 missile system several years ago.

The move - a further sign of Ankara's gradual estrangement from its Western allies – meets the strategic goal to acquire the nationally controlled defense capability. Turkey has also criticized the US and its allies for their reticence about selling it military arms and technology.

As had been expected, the deal triggered the anger of the United States and other NATO members. The US had long been warning Turkey against the deal. "We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400. A NATO interoperable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in its region," Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said in a statement.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the US administration to assess how the deal might affect Turkey’s NATO membership and US security assistance to Ankara, which includes weapons sales. He issued the warning on September 14 in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. According to him, the deal violated a bill signed into law in August that imposes sanctions "on any person that conducts a significant transaction with the Russian Federation’s defense or intelligence sectors."

The idea of introducing sanctions against Turkey has been on the EU’s agenda for quite some time. The announcement of the deal with Russia came after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country was suspending all major arms exports to Turkey because of the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and the increasingly strained ties. Gabriel added he believed that Turkey had also abandoned NATO’s common values. The idea of economic sanctions against Turkey is quite popular in Germany.

So, the three big powers, Russia, Turkey and Iran, united by the desire to end the bloodshed in Syria and rout terrorists, have become the targets of Western sanctions already imposed or still to be introduced. The pressure makes them get closer to each other. The cooperation between Russia and Turkey is on the rise and offers great prospects. Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri visited Turkey in mid-August - the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. The common threat of terrorism and Western pressure nudge Russia, Turkey and Iran towards one another.

The three states work together within the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) where Russia is a full-fledged member, Turkey has the status of dialogue partner and Iran, an observer, is expected to become a member soon. Last November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could become part of the SCO.

Ankara is also showing increasing interest in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). It was invited to join the organization in 2014. This will open new opportunities for developing trade. Furthermore, many of the present and potential members of the EAEU are countries with whom Turkey already has close relations. The Eurasian Economic Union aims to finalize a free-trade deal with Iran by the end of the year. Reaching a deal with Iran on free trade would represent a notable victory for the organization. With Turkey and Iran as members, the EAEU would acquire a global dimension.

Obviously, there is one result the Western sanctions produce – the targeted countries come together to create alternative poles of power. Threats and restrictive measures spur the process. This policy has failed to keep Turkey away from military cooperation with Russia. In the multipolar world there is always an alternative to turn to.

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07564111's picture

The identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment won’t prevent Turkey from using it against NATO aircraft and missiles.

Nope, I think he don't trust ZATO

rmopf2010's picture

Erdogan still remembers who tried to kill him last year!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Modern definition of sovereignty: possession of modern air defense. There is a defense, there is sovereignty, there is no defense, wait for democratizers.

ConfederateH's picture

Full possession of a modern air defense system not manufactured by your enemy.  All of Nato fails this test.

The question is: Does the US have full control of all its airdefense systems, or might some of them be vulnerable to a kill switch in Jarusalem?

SubjectivObject's picture

or a deviation switch in china

(where do those IC's come from anyway?)

HowdyDoody's picture

The US has just established its first permanent base in Israel. It is an AN/TPY-2  radar base - presumably to help defend Israel from those it has attacked, all on the US taxpayers' dime. The unit appears to be led by Major John Gronski of US? National Guard.




This is just one result of no overall foreign planning other then "russian = bad".

The obvious queston is if a NATO country installs Russian defense systems, who are they defending against?

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

Democracy spreads like the plague, with similar results.

Rapunzal's picture

To all the posters who believe TPTB, aka the old money like the Windsors and Vatikan with their puppet masters like Rockefellers and Rothschilds that run the minions like Buffet, Gates, Soros and other smiling billionaires that finally control the rats called politicians and dictators. If ZH don't get that the whole shitshow is only organized to take the money from us, hidden behind the name national security all those billions are our money that they spend to control us. I will never understand why people don't see it and treat it like a football game, while being culled. Man are the sheeple dumb.

Killdo's picture

that's what happens when you brainwash sheeple from an early age to focus on immaginary masters - instead on focusing on reality and what we can do about it. 

Religiion and all other forms of totalitarianism are based on this predatory propaganda for enslaving sheeple

TheReplacement's picture

I do not think it is all manufactured to take money from us.  I believe the whole point is power, of which money is a utility.  In the end, with the internet of things, drones, and droids, they will have no need for power over us, much less us ourselves.  Everything is just theatre until that day is reached.

small towel's picture

Blowback for the US's failed coup in July 2015.

ZH's worst month.


BobEore's picture


If you're gonna insist on pushing a failed narrative... what better way to go bout it than to phuck up the most basic facts? Then it's apparent to all... just what's wrong here.

Dialing back to 11 months ago, one of the most interesting intervals in the zheeple timeline.

The absolute virulence with which the (proto-Trumptardian|soon to become totalTr(i)umphalists/then transmorgifying into DumpDrumpfulists...aka jus plain permalosers)exceptionalist hordes here pushed their "CIA did it" idiocy day in day out... fanci-ful, fact-free utter bullshit narratives giving us 24/7 |Putin is the Man|Down with the West| pitiful agitprop was incredible.

Manning their Votan-meters with the methodical precision of an S400 gunner, these masters of the universe made mincemeat of every attempt to interject an objective narrative into their comicbook compendium of tragic suicidalist Merikan ceptionalism.

The coup that never was. Analysed, predicted, then deconstructed... from 8 months before the actual (non)event. https://storify.com/SuaveBel/the-coup-that-never-was-and-the-one-which-h...

The very first social media coup of a government against - itself? it's own people? the modern world? All of the above? I'll go with four Bob... and take home a BRAND NEW FROST FREE 11 FOOT FREEZER, in which to store the chopped off nether parts of all the witless warriors who never get enough of running around shouting "look how cutting edge and clever I am aping the latest alt-media psy-op narrative!"

This just in:*agin*... Srael and Russia jointly took over the Ankara regime in June 2016, and set its' now puppet rulers on a trajectory to dissolve the Atlanticist alliance prepatory to the main event... dissolve the Merikan Empire with the able assistance of their likewise puppet POTUS.

"So, the three big powers, Russia, Turkey and Iran, united by the desire to end the bloodshed in Syria and rout terrorists, have become the targets of Western sanctions already imposed or still to be introduced." You gotta chuckle when the author of a piece like this lets it all hang out!

ZH's worst month? You got that right! Down with the West? You wanted it.... you got it sucka! https://storify.com/SuaveBel/t-the-western-world

fockewulf190's picture

I do remember how Erdogan was being flayed alive by the Russian press for shooting down one of their jets (not to mention the fate of the crew), calling him and his family corrupt and helping terrorists by enriching themselves from the black market ISIS oil trade. And so on and so on.   All forgotten of course when the relationship between Erdogan and the west started to degenerate because he has turned himself into a Turkish Mussolini totalitarian.  

It's to be expected of course.  Putin tried to pry Greece away from NATO when he saw an opportunity, but saw that was a money pit he couldn't afford.  Then Turkey almost triggers war with Russia, as well as helping fund ISIS, but when Erdogan is seemingly on the ropes because of corruption, he orchestrates an attempted coup, takes total control of the country, starts arresting and firing tens of thousands of people, crushes the press, and so on.  When he starts getting scorn from the west for his disregard for democracy, he turns to Russia.  Putin, being the KGB trained man that he is, forgets all of the past at the drop of a hat, and embraces his new friend.  NATO has another chink in it's armor, and Putin will exploit it.  Now he's friends with Assad in Syria (only because of the threat of an oil pipeline being built), is friends with Shiite theocracy Iran and their  radical Hezbollah allies, and now a strongman Sunni islamist in Turkey is on the list.  Might as well make some money and sell him some missle systems to piss the west off.  Now his propaganda troops are right behind praising this circle of dictators, strongman and Islamic theocrats and labeling them as good buddies ready to stamp out ISIS.  

Let me make one thing clear, this is almost entirely the fault of Obama and Cankles.

Ghordius's picture

thank you for the comment, you saved me the time to remember the audience about Turkish shotdowns of Russian warplanes

(interesting: are Russian airmen less scared about their own SAM batteries? or do they have something that makes their planes immune to them?)

one thing I differ with you: "this is almost entirely the fault of Obama and Cankles"

perhaps, but only insofar, imo, to their failure to fix what Bush broke

Bush's decision to invade Iraq was still the destabilization move or "original sin" of this huge mess

note how many warmongers are still defending Dubya's decision to this very day, wrapping it up in mere domestic politics between US(R) and US(D)

I could not care less about US(R) and US(D). Dubya broke "the window pane factory", and all those that came after him are just clumsily threading around the shards and creating further havoc of minor relevance

RumpleShitzkin's picture

If you could pull your head out of your ass for 1.6 seconds, you'd notice something important.
Dubya was down with Hope and Change...and was also 'With Her'.

It's not an obscure association.

Ghordius's picture

whatever, I could not care less about all those domestic US obscure or glaring associations

if Mickey Mouse was the author of "let's invade and destabilize a dozen countries in the ME" I'd be asking for the head of Mickey Mouse

use your head and note that there is one glaring association: WAR

some think "it's good for the US/Russia". others think it's not worth the cost in blood, the own or the foreign

those "some" are warmongers. it's that simple, actually

TheReplacement's picture

Pfft.  Those warmongers are getting paid.  Who is really benefitting from those wars? 

Who is making the loans that finance everything? 

Who effectively owns the precious EU?

Who effectively owns the USSA?

Why did Russia pass on Greece but accept Turkey - does it have anything to do with the finanical situations in those countries and who really owns them due to debt?

Who really benefits by keeping us all at each other's throats - divide and rule?





malek's picture

"Putin tried to pry Greece away from NATO when he saw an opportunity"

Your bias is showing through.
When did Putin start doing/trying such things?
How does the Cypriot "banking crisis" and successive bail-in play a role in that?
How did the West's attempt to oust Assad in Syria while steamrolling Putin about it, influence things?

HowdyDoody's picture

The Zionists are still trying to get the US to attack Iran too.

"A leader of this effort is a young operative from the heart of the Israel lobby, Richard Goldberg, who has worked with Stand With Us and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is now pushing “regime instability” in an influential confidential document.

A report at Foreign Policy by Jana Winter and Dan De Luce, which of course says little to nothing about the Israel lobby, says that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress and the Trump administration are relying on a Goldberg memo that calls on the president “to threaten an unprecedented economic embargo designed to rattle the regime.”

The memo demands access to Iranian “military sites”– something that has nothing to do with nukes, and something Iran would never agree to."


So make a knowingly unacceptable demand then declare sanctions (a precursor to war) when the demand is rejected.


Crypto Kevin's picture

So, the three big powers, Russia, Turkey and Iran, united by the desire to end the bloodshed in Syria and rout terrorists

Are you fucking kidding me. First of all who made them "the big three?" And secondly, their  desire is to expand their power and influence not bring peace and destroy the terrorist. 

These articles provided to Tyler by the Russian intelligence service are getting old.

pluto the dog's picture

Militarily the turkoids pack a lot of punch. These turkoids arent gay like the NATO fems. Nor are the Russians and Iranians. Whoever is running American foreign policy has just succeeded in forcing Russia to get much closer to China. Its a disaster - not least for Russia. Russians dont like Chinese but America has given Russia no choice. America is fucked, ruled by ((you know who)). Real Americans dont get a look in.

tuetenueggel's picture

psssst..............Joos you mean ?

07564111's picture

what's up jizboi, you sound unhappy ? ;)

no yinon for you :D :D :D

steaua's picture

when Erdogan shoot down the russian plane there were only articles about how Erdogan's son is buying ISIS oil, hence funding them.

strage now the same Erdogan to be portrayed as fighting the terorrists, whichever those might be.


Stinkytofu's picture

"their  desire is to expand their power and influence not bring peace and destroy the terrorist. "


they realize the first set by achieving the second.

farmerbraun's picture

Well now Kev, it depends who you think is disturbing the peace, and who is the instigator of the terrorism.
And if by " expanding their power and influence" you mean they are going to neutralise the force behind the disturbance and the terrorism, then I reckon you're right on the money.
So buggered if I can see why you got all those downvotes :-)

Crypto Kevin's picture

I got so many down votes because I'm on the right track of ZH being a Russian controlled disinformation site.

hestroy's picture

No, you got so many down votes because you are an ordinary imbecile. It's really that simple.

kochevnik's picture

Seems your sphere of influence is receding into your transsexual toilets, Kevin. Be true to yourself and buy some pretty clothes. Remember you are exceptional!

tuetenueggel's picture

since 2013 20 % of German morons are named Kevin by their parents.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


I got so many down votes because I'm on the right track of ZH being a Russian controlled disinformation site.

Pindosy hysteria, but the caravan moves on...

ukipboy's picture

Go back in the woods Hillary.


Truthoutthere's picture

Kevin,you is looking at the world upside down and inside out.

hestroy's picture

You are really funny retard, aren't you?

researchfix's picture

Maybe one day thy will destroy the mother of all terrorists. MOAT

kochevnik's picture

Russia wants to exist not become your little vassal, Napoleon

steaua's picture

before Napoleon attacking Russia, Russia attacked France by being part of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th coalition war.

in these 4 wars the russian allied themselves with anything from turks to uk to you name it.

get your history right, you can't meddle into another country for 4 wars and then claimed you are under attack, unless you are a pathological liar or a complete moron.


malek's picture

You forgot to tell us what you *believe* the US desires are...

eekastar's picture

Don't care, not afraid of no nothing no more.

Lore's picture

Sponsoring Gulen and associates in their attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government was the last straw, evidently.

Strange how often the Ziopaths come up with plans that seem to accomplish the opposite of what's intended. 

"When will they ever learn?" - Kingston Trio

tuetenueggel's picture

They never will and they never can. No brains.

ankhfnkhonsu's picture

'Russia, Iran & Turkey: "united by the desire to end bloodshed in Syria and rout terorists...,"

What was left out? "Assad the freedom fighter"?

Confusion of the dynamics of geopolitiics & realpolitic with morality
Like most, author has no idea that Syria is complex & all parties are not humanitarians

giovanni_f's picture

how's the weather in Langley?

hestroy's picture

Shalom, shalom, my retarded joo friend.