first published on July 15, 2019 by Will
The Trump Administration has been threatening Turkey for months, saying that if they receive the Russian S-400 air defense system, that the US will retaliate with sanctions and other punishments, to include blocking sales of F-35 jets to Ankara.
It appears that Turkey has called Trump’s bluff as the Turkish Defence Ministry announced on July 12, 2019 that they are currently being delivered the S-400 air defense systems from Russia to the Murted Air Base.
The system was designed to shoot down advanced stealth aircraft like the F-35, and the rest of NATO is rightly concerned that the Russian system operating within the alliance’s defenses is an obvious breach of security which will result in data leaks to the Russians regarding highly classified information regarding the West’s advanced aircraft and air defense operating procedures.
The Trump Administration and congress have threatened sanctions against Turkey if they were to receive the system as well as block them from receiving any F-35 aircraft. However, the White House has failed to respond now that the time has come.
Jim Townsend, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe, now working for the Center for a New American Security said, “This isn’t something you can negotiate around… This is a big deal, where action has to be taken. It will confront NATO with a political problem that is pretty unique, in the sense of: What do you do with a NATO ally that has taken actions to weaken the military capability of the alliance? How do you deal with that?”