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A state of boiling experienced by the US administration because of the tendency of many US allied countries to purchase the Russia S-400 missile system, one of the best systems in the world.



The S-400s can shoot down all air targets, including stealth aircraft and US early warning aircraft AWACS. The system can be prepared for launch within 5 minutes, and only takes 10 seconds to fire.



China, India, Qatar and Turkey are battling to protect their skies with the S-400, China already received the system, others are waiting delivery.



It should be noted that the US appeals to other countries to refrain from buying from Russia and invite them to buy US weapons.



Last year, China received the first batch of Russian S-400 missiles under a deal with Moscow signed in 2014, making Beijing the first foreign capital to receive the system.



The development opened a new phase in military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, despite Russia’s assertion that it would not provide the Chinese with the Know-How of making advanced missile system.



The United States and Turkey have been at loggerheads over Ankara’s decision to buy the S-400. Washington has warned that moving forward with the deal could push it to impose sanctions and exclude Turkey from the F-35 program.



Turkey says it needs the S-400 system, which is due to receive from Russia in July 2019. Turkish Prime Minister has said that he will not back down from the deal despite threats from US President Donald Trump.



Turkish foreign minister said that the deal is “settled” and cannot be canceled.



US Vice President Mike Bens issued a warning to Turkey, saying it must choose between remaining a NATO partner or risking partnership through reckless decisions.





In December 2017, Qatar ambassador to Russia, al-Attiyah, announced that his country is looking to purchase the S-400 system.



The media body of the military cooperation responsible for the export of Russian weapons, announced on February 2019, the start of the Russian-Qatari talks to supply the “S-400” to Qatar.



Russian expert Viktor Mortakhovsky said that because of the small size of the Qatari army, arms purchases from Russia would not be practical, but political.



“The Qatari army is purely symbolic, but this country, thanks to its wealth, can buy the so-called White Elephant, for example, buy the S-400 for 500 million dollars,”.



India ignored Washington and is carrying out the deal with Russia



India overtook US objections, and signed a $5.2 billion with Russia in October 2018, during the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, to New Delhi.



The deal raised Washington’s concern, which had earlier expressed disappointment at the Indian authorities’ decision to buy the S-400 system, and hinted that it would not rule out sanctions under the CAATSA law to counter US opponents.



Chief of Staff of the Indian forces Bipin Rawat, said that his country knows that the US can impose sanctions, but India is pursuing an independent policy.



Russia and India are the largest and oldest partners in military cooperation, more than 70 percent of Indian military equipment are supplied by Russia.
 

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