Turkey Not Going to Discuss S-400 Tests With US, Erdogan Says

Turkey Not Going to Discuss S-400 Tests With US, Erdogan Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkey will not have any consultations with the United States regarding tests of the S-400 air defence systems purchased from Russia, Washington’s approach is not binding, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Military officials work around a Russian transport aircraft, carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, after it landed at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.
© AP PHOTO / TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTRY Military officials work around a
Russian transport aircraft, carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, after
it landed at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019.

On Thursday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed that his country had conducted tests of the S-400 air defence systems in Sinop, noting that this was just scheduled work within the contract.

Moscow and Ankara signed a loan agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems in December 2017. In 2019, Turkey received several S-400 batteries worth $2.5 billion.

However, the deal has been strongly criticised by NATO and the United States, who have cited security concerns relating to the S-400s alleged incompatibility with NATO’s air defence systems, with Washington suspending Ankara from the F-35 stealth jet programme, and threatening to completely remove the country from the project.

The US also proposed buying the S-400s from Ankara in a bid to break the deadlock, but Turkey has repeatedly refused to break the deal with Moscow and vowed to activate the missile systems, delivered last summer, despite the threats of US sanctions.

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