The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey’s ties with the United States and European Union have become strained.
It is certain to stir unease in Washington and Brussels, where officials are trying to keep Turkey — a longtime NATO member, and an increasingly unlikely candidate for European Union membership — from entering Russia’s sphere of influence.
Erdogan’s announcement — made to Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet as he returned from Kazakhstan — appeared timed as a riposte to two judicial cases announced last week in the United States. Yet Turkey has other reasons for the missile purchase. Erdogan has spoken also of his frustration at having requests to the United States for drones turned down, and of his satisfaction that Turkey developed its own. Erdogan’s announcement of the deal with Russia came after Germany said that it was suspending all major arms exports to Turkey because of the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and the increasingly strained ties.“We have put on hold all big requests that Turkey sent to us, and these are really not a few,” the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said during a panel discussion in Berlin on Monday, according to Reuters. Erdogan sought to improve relations with Russia, sending two letters to Mr.
One is against his presidential bodyguards, who are charged with assaulting protesters when Mr. The other is against a group of Turks, including a former minister, accused of breaking United Statessanctions against Iran. It needs to cultivate good relations with Russia, and it also needs to build its own military defense, said Asli Aydintasbas, a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. The transfer of technology from Russia is attractive to Turkey, Ms. As suspicions toward the West have grown, relations with Russia have warmed, driven by the personal relationship between Mr. Putin and then traveling to Moscow for a meeting in June 2016.
“A deposit has also been paid as far as I know.”The purchase of the missile system flies in the face of cooperation within the NATO alliance, which Turkey has belonged to since the early 1950s.
Erdogan said in comments published in several newspapers on Tuesday.It turned to Moscow in the early 1990s to buy military helicopters and armored personnel carriers.After relations hit a rocky patch over Russia’s 1994 war in Chechnya, however, Turkey disappointed hopes in Moscow that it would become a major new market for Russian hardware.Erdogan a like-minded strongman who shares his distrust of meddling by the West.The fact that Turkey belongs to NATO, whose unity Moscow has struggled for years to undermine, has only increased Mr. Erdogan despite their differences over the conflict in Syria.“Mr.