Turkey to buy Russian rockets despite US threats

ISTANBUL: Turkey On Sunday, The American Threats Of Sanctions Rejected If It Continues With A Russian Rocket Take, Saying It Would Not Return To A Promise To Moscow . Washington Warned It NATO Ally For Months That Ankara ' S Approval Of The Russian S-400 Rocket Technology In Addition To US F-35 Hunters, It Could Threat The Jets And Endanger Western Defense

The US has said it will halt a joint F-35 programme with Turkey if it acquires the Russian missile defence system. A US law furthermore provides for sanctions on any country concluding arms deals with Russian companies.

"The US threats of sanctions shows that they don't know Turkey ," Vice President Fuat Oktay told Kanal 7 television.

"The decision on the S-400 has been taken. Once a pact has been signed, one's word given, Turkey respects it," he said.

The Purchase Of The S-400 Is A Dispute That Feeds Tensions Between Two Countries And Is Also At Odds With US Support For Syrian Kurdish Militias Ankara Calls As Terrorists And Turkish Support For The American Enemy Venezuela.

Ankara Said The First Deliveries Of The S-400 Are Scheduled For June Or July.

Last month, after repeated warnings, the United States said Turkey 's decision to buy the S-400 system was incompatible with it remaining part of the emblematic F-35 jet programme.

Turkey had planned to buy 100 F-35A fighter jets, with pilots already training in the United States.

Washington has placed a freeze on the joint manufacturing operations with Turkey , and suggested Ankara might be able to obtain a US missile defence system if it forgoes the one on offer from Moscow . (AFP) MRJ MRJ