US ‘shocked’ by Russian-Turkish missile system deal  – Armenian analyst

11:24 • 19.09.17



The US-Russia relations are far from good at the moment, yet there is a boundary for their further deterioration, which the countries aren't likely to ever cross, Hayk Martirosyan, an Armenian political analyst said today, commenting on the sale of the S-400 anti-aircraft weapon system to Turkey.  


It comes after Ben Cardin, a Democratic Party repreentative in the US Senate, complained in a letter to President Donald Trump that Turkey acted in breach of its sanctions against Russia by agreeing to purchase the Russian-made missile.


According to Martirosyan, the dominating approach in both Washington and London is to keep the partnership with Turkey (which is also an influential NATO member) going as the only possible way to restrain that country's ambitions.


“The United States are certainly shocked by the Russian-Turkish deal, but they prefer to remain silent on that. And the fact that very few people like Senator Cardin have moved to raise their protest against the deal also speaks for itself. Turkey has, as a matter of fact, opted for the policy of blackmail against the West, especially the United States. They have almost broken off their relations with the Netherlands, massively arresting German citizens across their acountry. The same kind of trivial problems exist also with the United States. The United States' main silent conflict is now around Fetullah Gulen, whom Turkey is seeking to extradite,” the analyst said, noting that the US is not absolutely interest to speed up the process.


“Turkey’s move - as a NATO member -  to purchase the extremely serious anti-NATO defense system is a demarche to the West. whose signal they are now clearly getting. And nevertheless, they will keep treating Turkey cherishingly and condescendingly.  The Turkish politics is a functioning mechanism governed by the principle of pursuing their own interests and objectives and never giving them up on the way towards realizing their plans. The allies understand it and consequently, take Ankara’s position into account,” Martirosyan said.

 

In his words, Turkey always draws benefits from deteriorated relations with partners, using the chance to push ahead with its policy plans through blackmails (as its major and most effective tool).

 

 

 

Anush Dashtents





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