MHP slams US on S-400 deal

MHP slams US on S-400 deal

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
MHP slams US on S-400 deal

The leader of Turkey's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on March 7 criticized the U.S.' stand on an air defense systems deal between Ankara and Moscow.       

"The U.S. imposition of the S-400 air defense systems, the ongoing blackmail and the threat of sanctions are forcing national patience," Devlet Bahçeli wrote on Twitter.       

He said that Turkey is not a "colonial" country and said Ankara would not ask Washington “which weapon to buy or from who and when.”       

Turkey had been trying to purchase an air defense system from the U.S. After finding no success, in 2017 Ankara decided to buy the Russian S-400 systems.       

The move was criticized by the Pentagon, which warned that purchasing the S-400 would hurt Turkish-U.S. ties as well as Turkey's role in NATO. It also promised if Turkey were to call off the S-400 deal, it would provide Turkey with defense systems that meet all of its requirements.       

But Turkish officials repeatedly said even if Turkey bought the U.S. Patriot missiles, it would not cancel the S-400 deal.