Arms Race

Turkey Forges Ahead on Defense Ambitions

Turkey’s NATO membership means that it has access to the same technologies as its allied partners. While the nation is involved in a number of large-scale projects—the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) being a… Beth Stevenson ΑΙΝ This is the result of a push from the government for Turkey to bolster its defense manufacturing capability. Progress is being made in many areas, but there is a still a reliance on guidance from partner nations that have a… This can both ... Read More »

US NATO ambassador says Turkey must back down on Russian missile purchase

The U.S. ambassador to NATO told CNBC that Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system could help the Kremlin in its bid to weaken NATO. David Reid CNBC Turkish officials reportedly have until the end of this week to cancel the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system and instead buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile. U.S. officials see Ankara’s purchase of the missile system as a pivot toward warmer ties with Moscow. Turkey’s integration of the Russian S-400 system is ... Read More »

Editorial: Turkey’s crucial decision

Turkey faces a momentous choice this summer between an unreliable alliance with Russia or continuing membership in NATO with the United States. The Post and Courier Turkey’s appalling autocratic President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, having agreed to buy a major Russian weapons system dangerous to NATO interests, unwisely is likely to stick to his chosen path. Perhaps he has been counting on the crisis being temporary, with only pro-forma complaints from NATO and no real consequences. If so, he will be ... Read More »

The United States is forcing Turkey to decide its loyalties – analysis

The United States would no longer tolerate Turkey playing a double game between Moscow and Washington and force the latter to decide its loyalties, writer James Gorrie said in the Epoch Times. Tiny Url Ahval “Turkey engages in a delicate and dangerous ballet on the fence which divides its allegiances to NATO and the West on one side, and Russia and militant Islamism on the other. Turkey wants it both ways, but their dance is fooling no one. Trump won’t ... Read More »

Trump approves $8bn Saudi weapons sale over Iran tensions

US President Donald Trump is approving the sale of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, citing Iranian threats to its arch rival. BBC Mr Trump invoked a rarely used aspect of federal law to push through the $8bn (£6bn) deal – bypassing Congress. He did so by declaring that ongoing tensions with Iran amounted to a national emergency. The move has angered those who fear the weapons may be used against civilians in Yemen by Saudi-led forces. ... Read More »

A Path to War With Iran

How Washington’s Escalation Could Lead to Unintended Catastrophe Philip H. Gordon Foreign Affairs When President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal last May, many critics argued that he risked setting off a chain of events that could lead to war. The nuclear deal wasn’t perfect, supporters of the deal acknowledged, but if the United States precipitously walked away and the deal collapsed, Iran might resume its nuclear enrichment program, and to stop it, the ... Read More »

Missile deal between Russia and Turkey stopped

No S-400 For Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (65) changes his mind. von: SINAN SENYURT Bild The Turkish military was originally supposed to receive the first delivery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems this summer – against the will of US President Donald Trump (72). The lira crisis has obviously caused Erdogan to change his mind, however. As BILD has learned from diplomatic circles in Ankara, the missile deal between Moscow and Ankara will apparently no… Background: The relationship ... Read More »

Presidency comms director Altun refutes Bild report claiming Turkey scrapped S-400 deal

Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on Friday refuted a report by a German daily claiming Turkey has decided against the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. Daily Sabah Bild’s foreign policy editor Julian Röpcke on Friday tweeted a “scoop,” saying, “Diplomatic sources tell @BILD, Erdogan will not buy the S-400 from Russia.” The German journalist added a link to Bild’s report titled “Erdoğan makes a surprising missile back-out.” Responding to Röpcke, Altun told him that their sources “are ... Read More »

It’s time to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus

The United States has a prime opportunity to thwart the designs of Russia, China, and Turkey in the Middle East. Jonathan Schanzer and Bradley Bowman The Hill At the same time, it can strengthen a bilateral relationship with a democratic, European ally and enhance our defense supply base, as well. This can all be accomplished by taking one relatively simple step: Lift the arms embargo on the Republic of Cyprus. That Cyprus is under embargo is a head-scratcher in the ... Read More »

White House ignores Erdoğan’s proposal for S-400 working group in readout

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put forward a proposal to create a working group on the Russian S-400 air defence system during phone call with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on… Tiny Url Ahval The Turkish President “brought up the proposal to establish a working group regarding the procurement of the S-400 defence system from the Russian Federation,” Ankara’s statement on the… The White House approximately 3 hours after the release of the Turkish statement, sent out a readout for ... Read More »

Why the US Navy has 10 ships, 130 aircraft and 9,000 personnel in the Mediterranean

Two deployed aircraft carriers, heading opposite directions, met up in the Mediterranean Sea to do some high-end ops and snap some selfies to commemorate the event. Mark D. Faram Marine Corps Times The event happened after the carrier John C. Stennis strike group transited the Suez Canal, entering the Mediterranean, where the Abraham Lincoln strike group awaited. The combined strike groups means that, right now, more than 130 U.S. aircraft, 10 ships and 9,000 sailors and Marines are now operating ... Read More »

Turkey Proposes No Middle Ground in Impasse Over Russia Missiles

Turkey hasn’t proposed stationing an advanced missile-defense system its buying from Russia in a third country as a way of defusing U.S. opposition to the purchase, Foreign Minister Mevlut… Selcan Hacaoglu Bloomberg The government in Ankara has though suggested to the U.S. and NATO creating a joint committee of experts to examine steps Turkey could take to limit the use of the S-400 missiles, he… But “the U.S. still hasn’t responded to the offer, whereas NATO wants it.” Turkey will ... Read More »

Turkey’s Erdoğan sticks with Putin, defies U.S.

Another month, another meeting between Erdoğan and Putin. Dimitar Bechev Ahval We have grown accustomed to this double act. From Syria, to Europe’s energy geopolitics, to what pundits label “the rise of illiberalism”, the two strongmen roll on and on, to the consternation of European Union and U.S. policymakers. Monday’s summit in Moscow gave Erdoğan an opportunity to strike a defiant pose vis-à-vis America. He declared, for the umpteenth time, that Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system was ... Read More »

Another Country Just Fell In Love with the F-35 (China Won’t Be Happy)

But will Singapore really go ahead with a purchase? Michael Peck The National Interest F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin will have to demonstrate that the Lightning II can operate in Singapore’s tropical climate. Singapore’s next fighter jet may be the F-35 – and China won’t like that. (This first appeared several months ag0.) Singapore’s Ministry of Defense recently announced that the F-35 is the best candidate to replace the island-nation’s 60 aging F-16 fighters. “The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) ... Read More »

Pence Takes Germany to Task Over Defense Spending

US vice president also warns Turkey against purchase of Russian missile defense system Ashish Kumar Sen Atlantic Council US Vice President Mike Pence on April 3 chastised Germany for not spending enough on defense, warned Turkey against going ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, cautioned against the rise of China, and sought to reassure NATO allies that they will always have the United States’ support. US President Donald J. Trump has led the charge against NATO ... Read More »

Turkey’s marriage of F-35 and S-400 ‘absolutely unsustainable,’ says EUCOM nominee

WASHINGTON — The U.S. general nominated to lead American forces in Europe said Tuesday that if Turkey buys the Russian S-400 air defense system, it “should not get” the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from the United States. Joe Gould DefenseNews At his Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing to lead U.S. European Command, Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters called the co-location of the F-35 and the S-400 “absolutely unsustainable.” “I concur with this committee’s belief that the S-400 and the ... Read More »