"Turkey has been in need of a long-range missile defense system since Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Twenty-six years have passed since Turkey directed a request for the purchase of the Patriot missile systems to the United States. All this time Ankara has waited for its allies in NATO to create a long-range missile defense system," he detailed.
Washington has apparently been in no hurry to accommodate this request.
"It has become evident that neither NATO, nor the United States is committed to helping Turkey create its own missile defense system," the analyst noted. "In addition, they don't want to transfer technologies."
Meanwhile, Ankara has been looking at other options, including the S-400, a system capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry, including fifth-generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles.
"I hope that this process will be finalized since Turkey has for years protected its airspace using obsolete systems dating to World War II. I think that Russia and Turkey could establish a close cooperation in the military and technical area, including the S-400," Hasan Ali Karasar said. "I want to emphasize that both countries are intent on looking for compromise and fostering closer ties despite differences on some issues, including the Black Sea and Crimea."
Russia is reported to have reached an agreement to deploy the S-400 to China and India. Other potential buyers include Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Iran, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.
Hasan Ali Karasar further commented on Russia and Turkey's cooperation in Syria, saying that it is "key to bringing peace to the war-wracked country."
Russia and Turkey "carried out an exceptionally complex operation with minimal losses with regard to moving the militants and their families out of Aleppo. Concerted efforts of intelligence services, as well as defense and foreign ministries of both countries opened the way for establishing a nationwide ceasefire regime. Russia and Turkey created a mechanism which outstrips the UN's efforts in Geneva, let alone NATO or the United States in terms of efficiency," the analyst observed.
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