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World NATO Calls Any Turkish Test of Russian-Made S-400 ‘Regrettable’

16:10  17 october  2020
16:10  17 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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NATO -member Turkey has tested its Russian - made advanced air defense missile system, Turkish media reports said Friday, Oct. A Haber television, which is close to the government, said on its website that Turkey ’s military test -fired the Russian S - 400 air defense system in the Black Sea

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(Bloomberg) -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization criticized a possible test by Turkey of its Russian-made S-400 missile launcher and stepped up calls on Ankara to opt for a different defense system.

ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 25: The S-400 air defence system from Russia is activated for testing at Turkish Air Force's Murdet Air Base on November 25, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey purchased the anti-aircraft weapons system from Russia over the objections of the United States, which has threatened to sanction Turkey and exclude it from its F-35 fighter jet program. The U.S. fears that the F-35, which is designed to evade such anti-aircraft systems, will be compromised if Turkey deploys both. (Photo by Getty Images) © Photographer: Getty Images/Getty Images Europe ANKARA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 25: The S-400 air defence system from Russia is activated for testing at Turkish Air Force's Murdet Air Base on November 25, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey purchased the anti-aircraft weapons system from Russia over the objections of the United States, which has threatened to sanction Turkey and exclude it from its F-35 fighter jet program. The U.S. fears that the F-35, which is designed to evade such anti-aircraft systems, will be compromised if Turkey deploys both. (Photo by Getty Images)

“Any test of the S-400 air defense system by Turkey, if confirmed, would be regrettable,” NATO said in an emailed statement on Saturday. “It is important Turkey continues to work with other allies to find alternative solutions.”

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Turkish TV showed amateur video purportedly showing the test firing of the Russian anti-aircraft weapon system by the Black Sea. Made in Germany. The United States on Friday condemned NATO ally Turkey after it reportedly carried out its first test of a highly advanced Russian air defence

Turkey conducted its first test of its Russian - made S - 400 at the end of November, flouting NATO 's admonishments about the air-defense system just The S - 400 was delivered to Turkey this summer but hasn't become operational, which Ankara has said will happen in April. But the system has been a

On Friday, the U.S. Defense Department said it was aware of reports of a possible Turkish test of the S-400 system. “If accurate, the department strongly condemns the test,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said on Twitter.

Last week, Turkey issued an official notification of a four-day firing exercise around the country’s Black Sea coast due to last through Oct. 16.

The notice came after people familiar with the matter said Turkey was planning to conduct a comprehensive test of its S-400 system during the same period. Turkey’s ministry of defense declined to comment at the time on whether the two were related.

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Turkey has strained relations with its NATO partners by purchasing military technology from Russia, whose muscle-flexing in eastern Europe over recent years has prompted the alliance to step up its defense posture.

Turkey is one of NATO’s oldest members and has its second-largest armed forces, trailing only the U.S. The S-400 acquisition has raised the prospect of American sanctions against Turkey on the grounds the system could be used to gather intelligence about NATO military equipment.

“The system can pose a risk to allied aircraft and can affect relations among NATO allies,” the alliance said on Saturday. “This is a national decision for Turkey to make, but the S-400 cannot be integrated into NATO’s air and missile defense system.”

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