Last month it was announced that Turkey had “been removed from the US’ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme after it took delivery of the Russian-made S-400 air defence system … The White House said:
‘Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible. The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities. Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO allies made to each other to move away from Russian systems’” (BICOM, July 18).
This seems to be one more development in Turkey’s gradual move away from the West into the orbit of Russia – a trend that has been very noticeable since the failed coup against President Erdogan in 2016. For Moscow there is a real opportunity here to ensure that Turkey is friendly and compliant. Furthermore, Russia has long seen itself as the successor of the Byzantine Orthodox Roman Empire with designs on Istanbul (Constantinople). The current direction of events would seem to strengthen Moscow’s hand in preparation for the King of the North’s invasion to come, as predicted by the prophets of old.
With thanks to Brother Roger Long