TURKEY - US Offers Patriot Systems If S-400s Unboxed

Arno Froese

The United States has offered to sell Turkey its Patriot missile defense system if Ankara promises not to operate a rival Russian system, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said, in what he called a significant softening in Washington’s position.

NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been at odds over Ankara’s purchase last year of the S-400s, which Washington says are incompatible with the alliance’s defense systems.  

Previous talks between Turkey and the United States on the purchase of the Patriots have collapsed over a host of issues, from the S-400s to Ankara’s dissatisfaction with Washington’s terms. Turkey has said it will only agree to an offer if it includes technology transfer and joint production terms. 

While ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained, the United States has offered support for its ally as it battles to stop Russia-backed Syrian government advances in Idlib. 

A separate Turkish official told Reuters the latest offer by Washington also included Turkey’s return to the F-35 stealth fighter jet program, which Turkey was involved in both as manufacturer of plane parts and customer for the jets. 

After Ankara bought the S-400s, Washington suspended its involvement in the program and threatened sanctions. 

“There is a U.S. offer for Patriots, but this offer includes the F-35s,” the Turkish official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Air defense systems can be purchased, but Turkey’s conditions are clear: there has to be issues like the know-how transfer and joint production.” 

-www.reuters.com, 10 March 2020

Arno's commentary

Turkey is also at odds with the European Union. It was way back in 1995 when Turkey signed a Customs Union agreement with the EU, and thereby was recognized as a candidate for eventual full membership. Negotiations for full membership were started in October 2005, although in recent years, progress has slowed to a crawl.

What does this mean prophetically? First, we are reminded of Jesus’ words: “…ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars” (Matthew 24:6a). Wars need weapons, and they are being produced the world over, with the US as the leader. We are still in the time of which the prophet Joel prophesied: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 3:9-10).

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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