TURKEY - Russian S-400s Received

Arno Froese

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian system has raised tensions with its NATO allies, particularly the United States, which has warned Turkey that it will respond with sanctions.

Speaking at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on the third anniversary of 2016’s attempted coup, Erdogan said eight planes had already brought parts of the Russian system and more were coming, as he had repeatedly promised.

“With God’s permission, they will have been installed in their sites by April 2020,” he told the crowd.

“The S-400s are the strongest defense system against those who want to attack our country. God willing, we are doing this as a joint investment with Russia, and will continue to do so.”

Tensions between Turkey and Western allies have risen in recent months over the purchase of the S-400 system, with a series of other actions taken by the NATO member state compounding the situation.

German and Austrian ministers said that the European Union would endorse a symbolic punishment for Turkey over what it calls “illegal” drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus and threaten harsher sanctions unless Ankara changes tack.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had said that Turkey will continue drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus if the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government does not accept a cooperation proposal put forward by Turkish Cypriots.

-www.reuters.com, 15 July 2019

Arno's commentary

Turkey’s almost 82 million population is 99.8% Sunni Muslim by religion. Life expectancy stands at 75.3 years.

Turkey applied for EU membership in April of 1987, but accession negotiations have stalled since 2016 because of Turkey’s human rights violations and authoritarian rule of law.

The purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system has displeased the USA and the EU, since Turkey is a member of NATO. But President Tayyip Erdogan is a strongman and does things in an unorthodox manner.

Sanctions proposals are in the works against Turkey.

Another report indicates that Turkish currency, the lira, has lost much of its value, and the economy is in recession. Thus, ratings agency Fitch downgraded Turkey’s sovereign rating to BB-.

What does the future hold? Again, compromises. The strongest weapon is finances and merchandising; to be successful, Turkey cannot allow their relationship with Europe and the USA to deteriorate. The power of money will become evident sooner or later, and Turkey will have to submit to the strong arm of the USA and EU in the end.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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