Turkey–USA–Russia – level 2

25-07-2019 07:00

Turkey was negotiating with the USA to buy an air defence system. However, the negotiations took a long time, and they were not successful in the end.

In April 2017, Turkey agreed to buy a different air defence system from Russia. Twenty Turkish soldiers who will operate the system went to Russia to be trained in May and June, and 80 more soldiers will go to Russia for training in July and August.

Before the deal, the USA warned Turkey that it could put sanctions on the country if it bought the system from Russia. The USA said that it would kick Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet programme. The USA believes that the Russian system does not work with the NATO system and that it could be a danger to the F-35 jets.

Difficult words: negotiate (discuss a plan which is fine for both sides), defence (about defending – fighting to protect your country), agree (say ’yes’ to something).

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