Tina Kaidanow fra amerikansk UD var i Ankara sist fredag og truet Tyrkia med sanksjoner hvis de gjennomførte kjøpet av det russiske luftvernsystemet S-400.

Det tyrkiske nyhetsbyrået Anadolou meldte tirsdag at USA har sendt 300 soldater til Manbij i Nord-Syria, som holdes av kurdisk YPG-milits og Den internasjonale koalisjonen mot IS.

Det er som om byrået vil understreke hvor sterkt USA motsetter seg tyrkiske interesser.

Turkey’s state-run news agency Tuesday said the United States is setting up two military bases and has increased its presence in the Manbij region of northern Syria, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to attack.

Al-Monitor melder at USA ikke aksepterer at Tyrkia kjøper luftvernsystemet S-400 av Russland. USA truer med å kansellere Tyrkias kjøp av det ultramoderne kampflyet F-35.

Meanwhile, Washington has cranked up pressure on Ankara to ditch a multibillion-dollar deal to buy a Russian S-400 defense system on the grounds it would compromise NATO security. The US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, Tina Kaidanow, met with Turkish officials in Ankara on Friday, warning them of likely sanctions should the deal proceed, sources familiar with the substance of the talks told Al-Monitor on strict condition of anonymity.

The Turkish media, quoting Turkish lawmakers, reported that Washington was threatening to halt delivery of F-35 combat aircraft to Turkey because of its Russian plans, a claim that was later rebutted by Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli. He insisted the purchase of the S-400 system could not affect delivery of the F-35s, saying, “Deliveries will start next year. This is a commercial matter.” While it’s true that the US Congress can no longer prevent the transfer of the actual planes at this point, it can block licensing for Turkish production of ancillary components for the F-35s, the sources said. There is growing speculation that Ankara may decide to walk away from the deal, as it did from a previous one to buy a Chinese missile system in 2013.

Hvis Tyrkia skulle kansellere flykjøpet og i stedet kjøpe et forsvarssystem av Putin, vil det åpne seg en kløft mellom NATO-landet Tyrkia og USA som kan bli vanskelig å lukke.