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bhramos

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The media learned about the decision to resume the launch of light satellites using ballistic missiles. In 2020, #Russia launched a program for use of #ICBMs to launch small spacecraft. On Friday, Dec 6, an informed source told Interfax.


 

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Turkey and Russia are in an advaced stage of negotiations to finalize a potential deal on Su-35. A supposed deal will be Turkey's second major purchase of weapon systems for Russia. The Turkish offials said that although the final numbers may change during the negotiating process, Turkey could by 2 squadrong (a batch of 48) Su-35s.

Why not negotiate for Russia's supposedly 5th gen fighter Su-57 that Putin is so eager to sell to Turkey? That's odd.
 

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Why not negotiate for Russia's supposedly 5th gen fighter Su-57 that Putin is so eager to sell to Turkey? That's odd.
Putin's objective is not to arm Turkey; it is to entice them enough to get kicked out of NATO.

Turkey is the second-largest military force in the NATO alliance & is instrumental in establishing the alliance's hold in the Mediterranean. Greece was always seen as a country that was on the fence when it came to its loyalties vis-a-vis Russia, while pre-Erdogan Turkey was seen as a staunch, reliable ally. Even in Afghanistan, the US has sought extensive Turkish military assistance to 'connect' with locals, since Afghanistan has a similar identity crisis like Pakistan, though not at as alarming a level.

If Putin plays his cards well, he might actually weaken the NATO stranglehold in the Mediterranean, after securing the Black Sea. However, the Black Sea on its own means squat as long as the Bosphorus is under NATO thumb through the Turks. A non-aligned Turkey, on the other hand, is the ideal scenario, whereby it is not strong enough to fight Russia, and at the same time, can easily be won over with ceremonial platitudes.

The Su-57 is the pinnacle of Russian aerospace technology; I doubt he would want to sell it to someone who is still in NATO. S-400s were sold to widen the rift between Uncle Sam & Sultan Erdogan. Su-35s are a safer bet to be the final drop of ink on the NATO-Turkey divorce paper.
 

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