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US condemns apparent Turkish test of Russian missile system

Source : 112 Ukraine

Washington said the test was "incompatible" with the responsibilities as a NATO ally
13:30, 18 October 2020

RIA news

The United States condemned NATO ally Turkey after it reportedly carried out its first test of a highly advanced Russian air defense system. This is reported by DW.

Turkish TV showed amateur video purportedly showing the test firing of the Russian anti-aircraft weapon system by the Black Sea. 

If verified, the test could stoke tensions between Turkey and the United States, which sharply opposed Ankara's purchase of weapons from Moscow on grounds they compromise shared NATO defense systems.

The US State Department wouldn't confirm the test but warned of "potentially serious consequences" if Ankara activates the weapon, with the threat of sanctions hanging in the background.

Related: Ukraine, Turkey signed bilateral documents in the field of defense and economy

"If confirmed, we would condemn in the strongest terms the S-400 test missile launch as incompatible with Turkey's responsibilities as a NATO Ally and strategic partner of the United States," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in an email.

"The United States has been clear on our expectation that the S-400 system should not be operationalized," she said.

As we reported earlier, the Turkish government shut off an area in the Black Sea, next to the city of Sinop, as the S-400 SAM tests approach.

Turkish Minute outlet claims that 10 Banshee air targets were delivered to the Sinop missile firing range for the tests.

Related: U.S. senators urge to impose sanctions against Turkey for S-400 trials

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