State Department: Turkey faces “serious consequences” over the S-400 test

On Friday, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, a missile was tested that resembles the Russian S-400 missile in all its characteristics.

If reports of a test launch of a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile on Turkish territory are confirmed, Ankara will face serious consequences, and such actions are incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities within the framework of NATO and allied relations with the United States. This was announced on Friday by Morgan Ortagus, a State Department official.

In a statement, the State Department said that the United States has long and at the highest level stated that the acquisition of “Russian military systems such as the S-400” is unacceptable.

Washington “clearly expressed its expectations that the system should not be put in place. We are also clearly aware of the possible serious consequences for our security relations if Turkey activates this system,” Ortagus said.

“If confirmed, we will strongly condemn the test launch of the S-400 missile, which is incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities as a NATO ally and a strategic partner of the United States,” the State Department spokeswoman added.

Reuters ‘ video footage shows a rocket launched into the sky on Friday on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. It was there that the Turkish military was going to test the Russian S-400 air defense system.

The video, taken in Sinop’s coastal city, shows a narrow column of smoke rising high into the blue sky. This week, Turkey issued a notice of restricted airspace off its Black Sea coast connected with “combat tests.”

The Turkish defense ministry said it would neither deny nor confirm the missile tests.