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Turkey Loses F-35 Access Due to Acquiring Russian Missile Defense System: Sanctions Expected

July 22, 2019

Episode Notes:

Last week, the U.S. officially suspended Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program over its purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. Congressionally-triggered sanctions may follow, in which case Turkey has promised it would retaliate.

Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former member of Turkey's Parliament, joins the WarCast to discuss how this pivot away from NATO is a dangerous and ill-advised precedent for Turkey's national interest.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:51 ] Details of the current situation
[ 2:41 ] How it fails to serve Turkey's broader interests
[ 6:36 ] Erdogan's agenda and changing Turkey's threat perceptions

Twitter: @aykan_erdemir

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