Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has said that Ankara is loyal to its agreement with Russia on the S-400 missile defense systems, adding that there were delays because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "We're loyal to our agreement on S-400s just like we were previously," Kalın said in an interview on May 26, adding that Turkey is open to negotiations with the United States if it agrees to send Patriot missiles.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on April 14 repeated an offer to the United States to establish a technical working group including NATO to help solve a dispute over Ankara's purchase of S-400 Russian missile defenses that angered Washington. "We offer the U.S. to establish a technical working group with NATO's inclusion and NATO can lead this technical working group actually. And this offer is still on the table," he said.
Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said on March 10 that Turkey will not receive Patriot air defense systems unless it returns the already purchased S-400 systems back to Russia, contradicting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's earlier remark that the U.S. would reconsider selling the Patriot batteries as long as the S-400s did not become operational.
U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey did not rule out supplying Turkey with Patriot missile systems for the conflict in Syria's Idlib, but said that Ankara had to "clarify" its position on the rival Russian S-400s.
Turkish Defense Minister Akar said the U.S. could send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to be stationed on the southern border in the face of ballistic missile threats from Syria, while at the same time Ankara plans to activate the Russian S-400 missile defense systems by spring.
An airstrike has killed two Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib, Turkish Defense Ministry said on Feb. 20. Amid the escalating situation, Turkey asked the United States to deploy two Patriot missile-defense batteries on its southern border to free it to punish any future attacks by Syrian troops backed by Russian air power, Bloomberg cited a Turkish official as saying.