WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Turkey needs to "get rid of" the Russian S-400 missile defense system it purchased, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, to overcome a standoff with Washington, which says the procurement poses a threat to NATO defense capabilities. Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey's purchase of the S-400 system, which Washington says is not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to its F-35 stealth fighter jets. U.S. President Donald Trump hosted his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan at the White House last week for a meeting, which Trump described as "wonderful." However, it was not clear if the two NATO allies made any breakthrough on the S-400 impasse. "There is room for Turkey to come back to the table. They know that to make this work they need to either destroy or return or somehow get rid of the S-400," the official told reporters at a briefing.
I will repeat what I stated not for once before precisely on this situation. But, it seems, intellectual level of US Department of State top is such that they simply fail to grasp:
1. Turkish (in general Oriental) mentality which emphasizes the issue of honor and face, even if misplaced under some circumstances;
2. The issue of the United States making itself look very weak with each demand for Turkey to abandon S-400 deal;
3. A default discrediting, already revealed long time ago to be not what it stated to be, US military technology, especially under the laughable and lame pretexts such as S-400 "compromising" F-35 "Stealth".
But Erdogan, upon his return to Ankara, said he told Trump during talks that Turkey would not give up on the Russian S-400 missile defences and cited strong ties with Moscow.My question is, are they even aware in State Department of how do they look like when literally begging, threatening and demanding non-stop for Turkey to abandon S-400 contract? Even if to imagine that Turkey quits the contract, returns already delivered battalion of S-400 back to Russia, this not only will not improve US position vis-a-vis S-400 and Russia, it will be even more humiliating, because will create a tsunami of sarcasm globally. Not to mention the fact of Turks looking as the American stooges and Turks, certainly, have better opinion of themselves. How about State Department creating a new Office of S-400 Weekly Complaints and Threats Towards Turkey (OSWCTTT). Should be a pretty nice sinecure for some bureaucrat. Should pay well too--rent and real estate prices inside the Beltway are atrocious. Foggy Bottom especially.
In any case, as Sergei Lavrov stated correctly few days ago:
It is not easy to part with power: both real and perceived. Not easy at all, I know--I survived such a departure, I know how it feels and what it does to one personally, and tens of millions people in general. Here is one reason for the West going down the drain, yet another wonderfully tolerant day in Germany:
No surprise here, same as with Germans moving to Russia. Some going back, like Russian Germans, others pure 100% Germans simply abandoning Germany and immigrating to Russia. Like Gudrun, who decided that her place is in Russia, near lovely Yaroslavl, not in Germany. Sadly, the video is in Russian (dubbed over German) but it speaks volumes.
They come young and old, families and alone. Russian response is overwhelmingly positive--welcome, European brethren. Read comments under the video. I know some genuine Germans live now in Altai and the "rumor" has it, as well as Gudrun testifies to it--many Eastern Germans are seriously thinking about immigrating to Russia. They will be met with open arms. But just to demonstrate a cultural abyss which separates today Russia and Europe and the US, here is the news--a major Russian media, reprints other popular Moscow magazine's (Moskvich--Moscowite)--New type of fraud, Gypsies wearing a makeup which makes them look like Slavs. Do I hear hysterical screams from NYT, CNN, BBC, EU Parliament, State Department about "gypsy holocaust", about "racial profiling" and about this Russian Mordor where actually citizens and law enforcement do care about profiling based on race, ethnicity and religion to maintain overwhelming majority of law abiding, contributing population safe from crime. Isn't it the only way to do it? Yes, it is the ONLY way and that is how it was done for centuries. Vladimir Putin (in Russian) agrees with me. Even Sweden is admitting, however incompletely, about catastrophe which befell the nation which is being literally gang raped and demolished by Muslim "rapefugee" gangs. I think it is late now, but as they say, better late....you know the rest.
This is how you deal with thieves, drug pushers and free-loaders.
And something tells me--it is one of the major reasons, why more and more Europeans are moving to Russia. Like Justus. He, as it is stated in one of the comments, an American (as the type, not just person) Russians fell in love with.
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United States is working with Egypt to deter it from going ahead with a deal to buy Russian warplanes, threatening the Cairo government with sanctions if it does, a senior State Department official said on Thursday. Washington was still working with Egypt to address its defense needs, the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told a briefing. "But we've also been transparent with them in that if they are to acquire a significant Russian platform ... that puts them at risk towards sanctions." The United States has over the years provided billions of dollars in economic and military aid to Egypt, a long-time ally whose military operates the F-16 fighter jet. Egypt earlier this year signed a $2 billion agreement with Russia to buy more than 20 Su-35 fighter jets. The United States could impose sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets purchases of military equipment from Russia.Do they even understand how they humiliate themselves? Apparently not.