Turkey wants to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system, much to the displeasure of the NATO partners. The US government has already threatened sanctions in the dispute, now Ankara is provoking again.
NATO has expressed concern over reports that Alliance member Turkey first used the Russian S-400 missile defense system during an exercise. “This system can pose a risk to allied aircraft and affect relationships between allies,” said a NATO spokeswoman.
It is important that Turkey continues to look for alternative solutions with other allies. The decision is a national matter for Turkey, but the S-400 system cannot be integrated into NATO’s air and missile defense system.
US government removes Turkey from F-35 fighter jet program
Turkish media had previously reported that the government in Ankara tested the surface-to-air missiles for the first time under operational conditions near the Black Sea city of Sinop on Friday. “Any test of the S-400 air defense system by Turkey – should it be confirmed – would be regrettable,” said the NATO spokeswoman.
Similar comments on the subject had already been made in Washington. The US has already excluded its NATO partner Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program because of the purchase of the Russian missile system. US sanctions against Turkey are therefore also threatened.
Turkey insists on its own missile defense
Turkey, on the other hand, argues that it needs its own missile defense system against threats from neighboring Syria, a civil war country, but also from within Germany. According to her presentation, she has not received any reasonable alternative offer from alliance partners.
The S-400 is a mobile air defense system that can take down planes, projectiles and other objects from the sky. The units, which usually consist of several missiles, a radar and a command post, can be transported by truck. The S-400 can work with short-, medium- and long-range missiles.