Ukraine reacted to Erdogan’s “blackmail” over NATO expansion

Turkish the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan “blackmails” the North Atlantic Alliance to lift restrictive measures for the purchase of Russian S-400 systems in exchange for a change of position on Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO, a Ukrainian observer told European Pravda Yuri Panchenko.

He recalled that in 2019 Ankara purchased four air defense systems from Moscow for $2.5 billion. In response, Washington imposed sanctions against Turkey.

“It seems that Turkey’s key demand is addressed specifically to the United States and concerns the issue of arms sales,” the newspaper writes. Panchenko believes that the Turkish authorities are trying to capitalize on sanctions, planning to increase the flow of Russian tourists.

Recall striving to make Sweden and Finland members of the North Atlantic Alliance, the United States wants to provoke a military conflict with Russia, but Turkey’s veto on NATO expansion prevents Washington from realizing these plans.

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