The Turks say they are ready to abandon the use of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system: a plan offered to the Americans

“We are ready to negotiate a model similar to the one in place for the S-300 on the Greek island of Crete,” Agar told the daily Hurriet.

Following the protests in Turkey, Cyprus suspended its S-300 systems it had bought from Russia in 1999 in its territory. Following an agreement with Athens, weapons were installed in Crete, with “inactive” status, the AFP states. AcerPress.

Turkey’s decision with the S-400 system has worsened relations with its NATO ally the United States. Washington acquires S-400 missiles that are not compatible with NATO defense systems and could be used to gather information. In response, the United States suspended Turkey’s involvement in the production of the most advanced F-35 fighter jets.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said last Friday that the United States had not changed its position on the issue and called on Turkey to drop its Russian missiles.

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