Turkey plans to test the S-400s, despite US opposition to both the purchase and commissioning of these Russian anti-missile systems.
The Turkish Armed Forces on Tuesday deployed several batteries of the Russian S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft system in the Black Sea region for military exercises, Turkish journalist Ragip Soylu reported on his Twitter account.
A video posted on social media shows the moment when several convoys, with S-400 batteries, head towards the province of Sinop, in northern Turkey.
The Turkish Army previously published a statement, in which it had informed that the airspace over Sinop would be closed for 10 days (between October 5 and 16) to carry out military maneuvers. According to different reports, these drills will be carried out under the direct supervision of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It is not the first test that Turkey will carry out tests with the S-400 missile systems, as they were already used in several drills in early August, together with the Azerbaijani forces, near the border with Armenia.
The news has worried the United States and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “We are aware of this information. We continue to oppose the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems by Turkey and we are deeply concerned by reports that Turkey continues efforts to put the S-400 into service, “he told the Russian news agency. Sputnik, a representative of the US State Department, who asked to remain anonymous.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in his recent official visit to Turkey, again expressed to the Turkish authorities the concern of the military bloc about the consequences of the acquisition of the Russian S-400s by Ankara.
“It is a national decision for Turkey, but the S-400s cannot be integrated into the NATO missile defense system. I urge Turkey to work with the allies to find an alternative solution, “he said.
Since 2018, the US has introduced a series of bills designed to pressure the Turkish government to cancel the purchase, including removing Turkey from the supply chain of F-35 fighter jets, despite additional costs for the purchase. program and American taxpayers.
However, Turkey has ignored these pressures, defending its inalienable right to purchase anti-missile systems to increase its defense capabilities.
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