TURKEY TESTS RUSSIAN SUPPLIED S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM | PUTS U.S & NATO IN MAJOR PROBLEM !
On Friday, a missile was tested on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, which in all respects resembles the Russian S-400 missile.
If the reports on the test launch of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile in Turkey are confirmed, Ankara will face serious consequences, and such actions are incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities within NATO and allied relations with the United States. This was announced on Friday by Morgan Ortagus, a spokesman for the State Department..
The State Department said in a statement that the United States has long and at the highest level declared the inadmissibility of acquiring “Russian military systems such as the S-400.” Washington “has clearly expressed its expectations that the system should not be operational. We are also clearly aware of the possible serious implications for our security relationship if Turkey activates this system, ”Ortagus said..
“If confirmed [information about the tests], we will condemn in the strongest terms the test launch of the S-400 missile, which is incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as a NATO ally and strategic partner of the United States,” the State Department official added..
Video footage obtained by Reuters shows a rocket that was launched into the skies on Friday on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. It was there that the Turkish military was going to test the Russian S-400 air defense system..
Filmed in the coastal town of Sinop, the video shows a narrow plume of smoke rising high into the blue sky. Turkey this week issued a notice to restrict airspace off its Black Sea coast in connection with “combat trials”.
Turkish Defense Ministry said it would neither deny nor confirm the missile tests.
Tests of the S-400, if confirmed by this information, could cause tensions between Turkey and the United States. Washington has repeatedly strongly opposed Ankara’s purchase of weapons from Moscow on the grounds that it endangers NATO’s overall defense systems..
Last year, the United States suspended Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter program, threatening a NATO ally with sanctions.
According to military analyst Turan Oguz, the preliminary assessment of the color, intensity, angle and route of the smoke in the video matches the characteristics of the S-400 missiles..
Last year, the Turkish military conducted radar tests of the S-400 air defense system, which is one of the most advanced in the world and can detect and track approaching high-speed air targets at medium and long distances..
Turkey signed a deal with Russia to buy the S-400 in 2017. Deliveries of the first four missile batteries, worth $ 2.5 billion, began in July last year..
Last week, following reports of planned tests, two U.S. senators again called on the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Turkey..
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