Tension mounts between US and Turkey: Erdogan confirms Russian missile tests | The World | DW

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed this Friday (10.23.2020) that he has been carrying out tests of the Russian S-400 defense system and rejected US criticism in this regard.

“The tests have been done and will continue to be done,” the president revealed to journalists in Istanbul. “The position of the United States on this does not concern us at all,” he added. According to the media, the test took place in the province of Sinop (north).

Washington maintains that Ankara’s purchase of the Russian systems compromises the defenses of NATO, of which Turkey is a member, and has threatened sanctions.

Turkish media claimed that on October 16, Turkey carried out the first test of the S-400s, which provoked the rejection of the US State Department and the Pentagon. The test had not been officially confirmed until now.

The Russian S-400 missile system on display in Moscow’s Red Square (05/07/2017)

Russian missiles are incompatible with NATO, Washington threatens sanctions

“If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the test of the S-400, incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as an ally within NATO and a strategic partner of the United States,” US diplomatic spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus had reacted.

The acquisition by Ankara of the S-400, in a context of rapprochement between Turkey and Russia, caused disagreements with several Western countries that highlight the incompatibility of these Russian systems with NATO devices.

The United States has already threatened Ankara with sanctions if it activated the S-400s. But despite repeated warnings from Washington, Erdogan reiterated that the system would be deployed.

Ankara justifies the purchase of the Russian missiles by stating that the United States refused to sell it its Patriot anti-area and anti-missile defense system.

rrr (afp / reuters / dpa)


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