The United States warned Friday, October 23 that its relations with Turkey could be seriously affected by the test of the Russian missile system S-400 carried out recently by Ankara, recently confirmed by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
«The US Department of Defense condemns in the strongest terms Turkey’s October 16 test of the S-400 air defense system, a test confirmed today by President ErdoganPentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said. “Our position has always been clear and it has not changed: an operational S-400 system is not compatible with the commitments made by Turkey as an ally of the United States and NATO“, he added. “We are opposed to Turkey testing this system, it could have serious consequences for our defense relations», Continued the spokesperson.
Test confirmed by Erdogan
Turkish media had claimed that Turkey carried out on October 16 the first test of the S-400, whose purchase by Ankara had angered the United States and other allies of Turkey within NATO. This test was officially confirmed for the first time on Friday by Erdogan. “These tests, it is true, have been carried out and will continue.», The Turkish head of state told journalists in Istanbul. “We are not going to ask the opinion of the United States for this».
Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400s, in a context of rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow, has caused friction with several Western countries, which highlight the incompatibility of these Russian systems with NATO systems. In response to the delivery of the first battery last year, the United States suspended Turkey’s participation in the manufacturing program for the state-of-the-art F-35 warplane, believing that the S-400 could in unravel technological secrets.
«Turkey has already been suspended from the F-35 program and the S-400 remains a significant barrier to any progress in other areas of our bilateral relations», Concluded Hoffman. Washington also threatened Ankara with sanctions if the S-400s were activated. Information about the trial immediately prompted supporters of the sanctions to call on the US government to act.
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