ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president on Friday confirmed the nation examined its Russian-made S-400 missile protection system, regardless of objections from the USA.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Turkey had each proper to check its gear.
“America’s stance is completely not binding for us,” he mentioned. “We aren’t going to ask America.”
Washington has strongly objected to NATO member Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian anti-aircraft system and suspended Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program, saying the S-400s are a risk to the stealth fighter jets and would not be interoperable with NATO techniques.
It has additionally warned Ankara that it dangers U.S. sanctions below the Countering America’s Adversaries Via Sanctions Act if the S-400 system is activated.
Ankara insists it was compelled to buy the Russian system after Washington refused to promote it the U.S. Patriot system. It additionally argues that it’s Ankara’s sovereign proper to purchase the system it desires.
Erdogan additionally prompt a double customary, saying NATO member Greece was utilizing its S-300 missile protection system. He requested: “Is America telling them something?”
Russia delivered 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. Turkish media reported final week the navy test-fired the Russian S-400 air protection system within the Black Sea province of Sinop.
“Which means the gents are disturbed particularly as a result of it is a weapon belonging to Russia,” Erdogan mentioned. “We’re decided, we’ll proceed on our path.”
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