The United States believes that Turkey should not acquire anti-aircraft missile system s-400
WASHINGTON, August 24. /TASS/ — the state Department said that the presence of s-400 such allies as Turkey, is of concern.
U.S. authorities believe that Turkey as a NATO member should not be purchased from Russia, anti-aircraft missile system s-400. This was stated on Thursday at a regular briefing for journalists the head of the press service of the U.S. Department of state Heather Nauert.
She was asked a question about the position of the US authorities in connection with the statements of the Turkish side about the desire to get the first battery Russian anti-aircraft missile systems in 2019 and not 2020 as previously planned. In response, she said he could not comment on this information, but noted that “the presence of the s-400 such NATO allies, like Turkey, is causing US concern.”
The state Department stressed that the US authorities have made it clear that it would impose sanctions against any country in case of purchasing it from Russia air defense missile systems s-400.
“We stand opposed to our partners and allies around the world have gained s-400”, — she said. “We have made clear that can cause the introduction of sanctions against our allies and opponents,” said Nauert.
In November 2016 it became known about negotiations between Turkey and Russia on the procurement of s-400. The fact of the conclusion of the contract was confirmed by the Russian side on 12 September 2017, the then Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the advance payment for contract already made.
Turkey will become the first member state of NATO, which Russia to give s-400, the quantity of supplied complexes was not formally specified.
In mid-June, a military-diplomatic source told TASS that the enterprises of the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation was given the task in may of 2019 to complete the manufacture of anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 for export to Turkey. Turkey’s decision about purchasing the s-400 is connected with the urgent need to protect its airspace.
Turkey was second after China as the customer of s-400 system, the signing of the contract was officially announced in September 2017. Originally it was planned that the system will be handed over to the Turkish side at the beginning of 2020. It became known later that at the request of Ankara deliveries will speed up.