Erdogan Dismisses NATO Concerns about S-400s, Says US Security Not Threatened

March 11, 2019

ANKARA – After the Pentagon’s latest warning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revisited the issue of purchasing S-400 surface-to-air missiles hat sparked a rift in  US-Turkish relations. He stressed the acquisition of Russian anti-missile systems have “nothing to do” with the security of the United States.

On Friday, the Pentagon further underlined the US stance on Ankara’s decision to move ahead with is purchase, warning that there would be, “serious consequences”, if Turkey concluded its purchase of the S-400 systems.

“If Turkey gets the S-400s, there will be serious consequences that will effect our nations’ relations but also our military relationship,” a spokesman for the US Department of Defense said. “They cannot have both the F-35 fighter jets and the Patriot missiles”, he said.

The delivery of the Russian anti-missile defense systems is expected to begin this summer. It is one of the main issues that await NATO’s allies. Ankara is also scheduled to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the United States.

However, President Erdogan repeated yesterday that his country will not cancel the purchases it has made.

“Everyone knows very well that this issue has nothing to do with NATO, neither with the F-35 program nor with the security of the US,” the Turkish President assured in a speech given to Diyarbakir, a city in Southeast Turkey.

“The issue is not about the S-400,” but the fact that Turkey “takes action with its own will in relation to regional developments, especially in Syria”, he insisted.

“It is clear why Turkey buys this air defense system and how it will be used,” he added.


ATHENS - Temperatures fell below 0C (32F) on Saturday morning in some areas of Greece, according to the automated meteorological stations of the National Observatory of Athens/meteo.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Mitsotakis at UN Calls on Turkey to Scale Down Rhetoric

UNITED NATIONS – The European Union's response to authoritarianism and a threat to democracy, Turkey's escalating aggression, and the threat of climate change were the focus of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' brief address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Friday night (Athens time).

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.