As the U.S. and NATO pressure mounts on Turkey to stop the purchase of the powerful S-400 missile system from Russia, the American administration has threatened that it may not go forward with a plan to deliver F-35 fighter jets ordered by Turkey.
In retaliation to the American blackmail, Ankara may take measures of its own in response, atop of which is the possible dismantling of the powerful Malatya- Kürecik AN-TPY-2 radar that was set up by the U.S. in 2012.
In a bid to dissuade Turkey from going forward with the purchase of the powerful S-400 missile defense system, the U.S. had warned that such a move “would jeopardize the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.”
Ankara has taken the heat for Kürecik radar
In the event that the U.S. violates its agreement with Turkey regarding the F-35 fighter jets deal, this will lead to Israel being widely exposed to ballistic missile threats, as the Kürecik radar, which has been set up with the purpose of detecting any missile fired at Israel, is capable of spotting all types of flying objects or projectiles at high altitudes and at a maximum distance of 1,000 kilometers, which chiefly covers Iran, among other countries in the region.
As part of its agreements with NATO, Turkey has given permission for the deployment of the radar to its territory, much to the dismay of Russia and Iran, who expressed their sharp opposition to such a move.
Faced with growing pressure from Tehran and Moscow for the sake of the security of the NATO alliance, Turkey will not bow to the U.S.’s blackmail attempts by using the S-400 deal as a pretext to renege on the F-35 jets agreement.
Mattis: S-400 deal a sovereign decision for Turkey
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has raised concerns over Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 air-defense system from Russia, saying it is “not interoperable with NATO.”Addressing journalists at the U.S. Department of Defense, Mattis referred to the Turkey-Russia S-400 deal, saying: “That's a sovereign decision for Turkey. Clearly, it will not be interoperable with NATO.”“So they're going to have to consider that if they go forward,” he added.Turkey has completed the purchase of the S-400 air-defense system from Russia, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Saturday.The S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.It can track and engage up to 300 targets at a time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).Trump vows free and open Indo-Pacific region
Turkey says purchase of S-400 from Russia 'completed'
Turkey has "completed" the purchase of the S-400 air-defense system from Russia, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Saturday.The S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.It can track and engage up to 300 targets at a time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles)."In addition to the S-400, Turkey also made preliminary agreements with the Eurosam countries to develop, produce and use the air defense system in order to improve its long-term domestic national capacity," Canikli told reporters in the Black Sea province of Giresun."We especially aim to have our own technology," the minister added.In recent years, Turkey has sought to build its domestic defense industry to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers.On Wednesday, a letter of intent was signed between Turkey, France and Italy to develop an anti-ballistic missile.Under the pact, Turkey’s defense industry and the Franco-Italian consortium will work together to determine needs and priorities for the potential joint production of a SAMP-T anti-ballistic missile system.Along with Canikli, French Defense Minister Florence Parly and Italian Defense Minister Robert Pinotti attended the signing ceremony.
Israel will become blind
Thanks to the radar located in Kürecik, the entire western territories of Iran, all the way to the borders of Tehran are visible to NATO. Other radars in the region that boast similar features are located in Israel, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE. However, the range of Israel’s 1300-kilometer radar is only capable of reaching Iran’s borders. The ones set up by the U.S. in Qatar and the UAE, which aren’t part of NATO, are only capable of observing as far as Iran’s southern regions.
In case Turkey decides to dismantle the Kürecik radar in response to the ongoing attempts by the U.S. to use the F-35 jets to blackmail Turkey, Israel will lose its “early warning system” in case of a missile launch from eastern or northern Iran.
Despite the fact that the S-400 missile defense system will run independently from the NATO network, the F-35 jets deal is being used to blackmail Turkey, whose patience is thinning after multiple attempts to block the purchase of the advanced Russian system.
By 2030, Turkey is scheduled to receive a total of 116 fifth generation F-35 fighter jets, parts of which are produced domestically by TAI-TUSAŞ.
NATO's plan to attack Turkey in 2018
NATO’s scandalous “Trident Javelin” military exercise is still being criticized by many, as it targeted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.Turkey on Friday decided to withdraw its 40 troops from the joint NATO drill conducted in Norway after he and Atatürk were depicted as “enemies.”Reports say that the incident took place one week before the drill ended. It was launched on Nov. 8, the exercise in which the two Turkish leaders were depicted as enemies occurred on Nov. 13 and the drill ended on Nov. 16. President Erdoğan was notified of the incident on Nov. 17 and announced it to the public. "There can be no such unity, no such alliance," said the Turkish President.Although the heinous plan is trying to be presented as an incident that “was the result of an individual’s actions,” it serves a greater purpose: preparing for an operation against Turkey. The enemy country was designated as the country of “Skolken” in the scenario of the war game in Norway.NATO chief apologizes to Erdoğan over drill incident'Dictator' of fictional countryA technician in the Norwegian army put Atatürk’s portrait in the “hostile leader list” as the “dictator” of Skolken during a computer-assisted exercise. The scenario of the drill also included a war scenario that broke out due to the social media content posted by the leader of Skolken. A fake account opened by a Norwegian contract military officer of Turkish origin was part of the drill’s scenario. The officer opened a fake account named “RTerdogan” and identified Erdoğan as the enemy target and depicted him as an “enemy of NATO” who allegedly made deals that was harmed NATO.NATO starts a war against SkolkenIn the generic scenario of the drill, there were remarkable similarities between the fictional country of Skolken and Turkey. According to the scenario, Skolken had made important progress in the bid to buy the S-400 defense systems, and Skolken and the manufacturer country of the S-400s had recently developed closer relations.Turkey has completed the purchases of the S-400 missile system from Russia, Turkish National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Saturday.NATO declared war against Skolken, following these developments and its leader’s social media posts, the scenario depicted. Although NATO attempted to slur over the scandal, saying that “the incidents were the result of an individual’s actions and does not reflect the views of NATO,” the details reveal that this drill was attributed particularly to Turkey.Turkey, NATO alliance should not be 'undermined'Preparation for an operationThe drill has been interpreted as “preparations for an operation against Turkey.” The real scenario was to turn NATO against Turkey by spreading fake discourses through President Erdoğan.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement apologizing for the incident saying that an investigation was underway."It will be for the Norwegian authorities to decide on any disciplinary action," Stoltenberg added.Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar in his meeting with Jens Stoltenberg said that an investigation launched by Norwegian authorities regarding the incidents should not be limited to the people responsible for it, underlining the need for an “extensive” investigation. He also noted that “those who try to exploit NATO for their own agendas should not be allowed to harm cooperation among NATO allies.”NATO drills prepared months beforehandIt is not coincidental that an account named “RTerdogan” was opened and that Atatürk was targeted as the “enemy country’s leader” in the drill, as NATO’s scenarios for its annual drills are written down to the very last detail months before its scheduled date within the chain of command. All materials to be used in drills are also prepared in advance. The Trident Javelin exercise, which personnel from the Turkish Armed Forces also joined, was also one of the planned drills of NATO.Trident Javelin, the fourth of the annual Trident Juncture exercises held for the certification of NATO’s response force, was conducted to certify the Allied Joint Force Commands in Netherlands’ Brunssum and Italy’s Napoli. Following the drill, the joint force would be certified to perform their NATO tasks in 2018. Therefore, Javelin is being evaluated as the exercise for the preparation of a possible operation that NATO will launch in 2018.Possible FETÖ involvementFive of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization’s (FETÖ) military officers who held office at the NATO base where the drill was conducted until last year’s coup attempt were granted political asylum in Norway after July 15. Thus, it was also considered that FETÖ might be involved in the scandalous incident. Former Brigadier General Gökhan Şahin Sönmezateş, one of FETÖ’s gunmen during the July 15 coup attempt, was also among those who held office in NATO headquarters 10 years ago.FETÖ terrorists are led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup attempt and is the mastermind behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.Erdoğan condemns 'impudence' during NATO drillTurkey’s opposition seeks more than apology from NATODeputy PM slams NATO enemy chart
Turkey, NATO alliance should not be 'undermined'
Turkey’s alliance with NATO should not be undermined, Turkish military chief Gen. Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia in Canada, Chief of General Staff Gen. Akar said: “NATO is the most successful and most effective military organization that has existed throughout history.“Recently, in one of the NATO exercises we had an unpleasant and unacceptable event, reportedly committed by an individual who may be backed by [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] FETO members.“NATO administrators responded timely and appropriately. We should not allow anyone to undermine our alliance and our solidarity.”Turkey withdrew its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an "enemy chart”.Following the incident, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg apologized to Turkey in a written statement as well as to Gen. Akar during a face-to-face meeting in Canada.Gen. Akar said Turkey is one of the countries with the highest number of troops in NATO and the country has supported 14 missions of the alliance in 11 different countries.The general also criticized Turkey’s allies who were providing weapons to PKK/PYD terror group.Allies' cooperation with PKK/PYD“PKK, PYD and YPG are equals of each other. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by numerous countries.“They may have different names but they all have the same goal.“It was unfortunate to witness the utilization of terrorist organizations as proxies during this conflict. This has further complicated the situation.“Some of our allies have been cooperating with the PKK-affiliated YPG in a similar fashion. They have been supporting PKK and YPG in almost all demands despite news of such acts amounting to war crimes.”He said it was disappointing to see that some allies provided weapons and ammunition to the PKK/PYD.“I would like to underline that PKK/YPG uses these weapons against Turkish citizens and soldiers."Additionally, we are having a hard time to understand the ethics in fight against terrorist organization with another one. It seems a simple name change has been enough for some states.''Referring to reports about the U.S. backing the deal allowing Daesh to leave their Syrian stronghold of Raqqah that paved the way for PKK/PYD to then takeover the city, Gen. Akar said: ''Some of our allies disregarded the dirty deal that YPG brokered with Daesh in Raqqah.'Unbelievable' Raqqah deal"Evacuation of Daesh terrorists from Raqqah even with their weapons, it’s unbelievable.''The general also said that Daesh had nothing to do with Islam. “Please do not forget that Daesh is also attacking Islamic countries and killing innocent Muslims without hesitation.“Do not mix Muslims with terrorists. The key must be zero tolerance for terrorists."For instance, we have witnessed tragic attacks in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims recently."The attackers were Buddhists; however, no one referred to them as Buddhist terrorists.''At the end of his speech, Akar quoted Erdogan’s famous words about the world being bigger than a few countries.“As our President Erdogan has said while referring to the UN Security Council, we should remember that the world is bigger than five."The UN’s priority must be global safety and security.”
NATO chief apologizes to Erdoğan over drill incident
NATO chief apologized to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday after a civilian Norwegian official depicted the Turkish leader as an "enemy collaborator" during a bloc exercise in Norway, according to a presidential source. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the apology over the phone, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise after the incident in Norway on Friday.A portrait of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was also shown in the "hostile leader list" during a computer-assisted exercise.In the phone call, Stoltenberg also informed the Turkish president that an inquiry had been initiated by the commanding officer and the contracted Norwegian technician involved in the incident was terminated immediately.The NATO chief also said Turkey is an important ally for NATO and that he would take all necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of such an incident.He hoped the scandal would not adversely affect relations between NATO and Turkey, the source said.Stoltenberg had also apologized to Turkey over the incident on Friday.Erdoğan condemns 'impudence' during NATO drillTurkey’s opposition seeks more than apology from NATODeputy PM slams NATO enemy chart