ANKARA, Turkey — NATO member Turkey has tested its Russian-made S-400 air protection system, Turkish media reported Friday, elevating the specter of a brand new standoff with the US.
The tv channel A Haber, which is near the federal government, mentioned on its web site that Turkey’s army test-fired the Russian S-400 within the Black Sea province of Sinop. It based mostly its reviews on an beginner video, reportedly filmed in Sinop, exhibiting a contrail capturing into the sky. Different media carried comparable reviews.
Turkish army and protection officers have refused to touch upon the reviews.
Washington strongly objected to Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian anti-aircraft system and suspended Turkey from its high-tech F-35 fighter jet program, saying the S-400 is a threat to the stealthy aircraft.
It has additionally warned Ankara that it dangers U.S. sanctions below the Countering America’s Adversaries By way of Sanctions Act if the S-400 system is activated.
Turkey insists it was forced to purchase the Russian system after Washington refused to promote it the U.S. Patriot system.
Russia delivered the primary batch of the Russian protection system final 12 months. Turkey had initially mentioned the S-400 can be operational in April but it surely has since delayed activating the system.
Throughout a go to to Turkey earlier this month, NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that the S-400 cannot be integrated into the NATO air and missile protection system and may result in sanctions by the US.