Contrary to the obligations undertaken by Ankara during accession to NATO, these actions said the head of the press service of the state Department of Morgan Ortagus.
Washington “strongly condemns” Turkey’s test of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia, considering these actions contrary to the obligations assumed by Ankara when joining NATO. This follows a statement by the head of the press service of the US State Department, Morgan Ortegus, sent on Saturday in response to a request to comment on the call of the Turkish Defense Ministry “instead of rhetoric about the deterioration of relations” to focus “on finding alternative solutions and technical measures for the S-400, if available.”
“We strongly condemn the S-400 test launches as incompatible with Turkey’s obligations as a NATO ally and a strategic partner of the United States,” the press release said.
In the rest, Ortagus repeated her previous statement, calling the acquisition of Turkey Russian AAMS “unacceptable.” “The United States makes it clear that it hopes that the S-400 system will not be put into service. We are also very clear about the possible serious consequences for our security relations if Turkey introduces the [S-400] system,” the head of the State Department’s press service recalled.
On Friday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that S-400 tests were conducted on October 16. Erdogan noted that Turkey intends to continue testing the air defense system without considering the US position on this issue. Even before the Turkish President confirmed the information about the test of Russian air defense systems, the state Department claimed that such actions contradict Turkey’s obligations under NATO. In turn, the Turkish defense Ministry on Saturday rejected these accusations from the American side.