On Friday, the US Department of Defense strongly condemned the “Pentagon” test of Turkey’s “S-400” air defense system.
“The (US) Department of Defense strongly condemns Turkey’s test of the S-400 air defense system on October 16 (October), as confirmed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” a Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said in a statement.
Hoffman stressed that his country’s position regarding Turkey’s possession of “S-400” is clear and consistent, indicating that the operating system of the system does not comply with Turkey’s commitment as an ally of the United States and “NATO”.
He stressed that the United States opposes Turkey’s possession of the “S-400” system, adding, “We object to these tests that create serious problems for our security relations.”
The spokesman indicated that Turkey has suspended joining the F-35 fighter program due to its purchase of the “S-400” system.
He added, “The S-400 is still an obstacle to cooperation in other areas.”
Earlier Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that tests of the “S-400” missile system had already taken place, stressing that Washington’s position did not interest Ankara.
He added, “The presence of a Russian weapon (S-400) that we have specifically is what annoys some people, but we are determined on our position.”
Erdogan indicated that Athens “has the Russian S-300 system, and it is already using it, so did America ask the Greek side about that?”
Turkey and Russia concluded an agreement to supply Ankara with the S-400 air defense system, in April 2017.
And in July 2019, Washington suspended Ankara’s partnership in the F-35 manufacturing project, following Turkey’s receipt of Russian missile defense systems.