Senators Chris Van Hollen and James Lankford urged the U.S. State Department to impose sanctions against Turkey due to the planned trials of Russian S-400 missile systems as the website of Van Hollen states.
“We write concerning public reports that Turkey has activated the radars of its Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft system, in order to detect U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets returning from the Eunomia exercise conducted by France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus in late August in response to Turkey’s unwarranted aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean. We again urge you to impose sanctions on Turkey as required by law,” the letter says.
Senators Van Hollen and Lankford noted that as for today, the administration of the U.S. president did not impose the sanctions against Turkey for S-400's purchase and reports about the activation of the S-400 anti-aircraft system ‘clearly shows’ that Turkey does not intend to refuse from this system.
“Turkey’s recent reported activation of the S-400 system to detect the U.S. F-16 underscores our grave concerns about Russia’s ability to access sensitive data,” the message said.
The senators asked to provide the information whether or not the system for detection of returning aircraft was activated until October 14.
Moreover, the lawmakers want to get the answer to the question of whether or not Turkey implemented the Link-16 system into the Russian S-400 systems as it might enable Russia to spy on NATO’s allies.
The next week, turkey plans to hold the trials of S-400 missile systems purchased from Russia. The trials are planned to be held in Sinop, along the coast of the Black Sea.