The US State Department on Tuesday announced that it was “deeply concerned” that Turkey may test the Russian S-400 missile system that it purchased last year. The weapons system, which was purchased from Russia despite the protestations of many nations in NATO, is reportedly about to be tested somewhere in the province is Sinop, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.
In answering questions from interviewers from the publication Sputnik, a State Department spokesperson said “We are aware of these reports. We continue to object strenuously to Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system, and are deeply concerned with reports that Turkey is continuing its efforts to bring the S-400 into operation.”
“Our suspension of Turkey from the F-35 program, in response to the S-400 acquisition, signaled the seriousness with which the Administration approaches this issue,” he noted.
The spokesperson said in conclusion “We continue to stress at the highest levels that the S-400 transaction remains a major obstacle in the bilateral relationship and at NATO, as well as a risk for potential CAATSA sanctions. We are confident that President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan and his senior officials understand our position.”