Ankara makes offer to Washington to resolve Russian S-400 dispute

Source:Arab News Date:18Apr2020

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, Ankara director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, thinks that there is now a window of opportunity for the US and Turkey to first freeze the S-400 problem and then solve it.

“Given that the most imminent threat to Turkey is another battle in Idlib with Russian-backed Syrian regime forces, Turkey would benefit from immediate deployment of Patriot batteries on its border with Syria,” he told Arab News.

For Unluhisarcikli, the US could offer to deploy Patriot batteries to Turkey for a year in return for Turkey pledging to not activate the S-400 system for the same period. Such an agreement would serve three purposes.