The year 2019 will probably be a pivotal year for Turkey in terms of Defense. In October, it is due to receive its first S-400 systems acquired from Moscow. In November, as Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has just recalled, it intends to receive its first F-35A , in accordance with the contract signed with Lockheed and the American authorities.
However, the American authorities seem firm that it will be one or the other, but not both. But the threats of a defense embargo on Turkey, as well as economic sanctions under the CAATSA law, seem to have less and less effect on President Erdogan. Furthermore, the more the situation advances, the more a step back from the Turkish president as from the American president would appear as a diplomatic snub, with significant consequences on public opinion.
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