Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pentagon Says Turkey’s Test of S-400 Risks 'Serious Consequences' for Relationship With US - Sputnik International

Turkey’s test of the S-400 air defense system may have serious consequences for Ankara's relationship with Washington, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a Friday statement.

"The US Department of Defense condemns in the strongest possible terms Turkey’s October 16 test of the S-400 air defense system – a test confirmed today by Turkish President Recep Erdogan," Hoffman said. "We object to Turkey’s testing of this system, which risks serious consequences for our security relationship."

A similar statement was made last Friday by the US State Department.

Hoffman also reiterated Washington’s stance that "an operational S-400 system is not consistent with Turkey’s commitments as a US and NATO Ally."

    Erdogan stated on Friday that Turkey will not have any consultations with the United States regarding tests of the S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar confirmed on Thursday that his country had conducted testing of the S-400 air defense systems in Sinop, suggesting that the tests were simply scheduled work within the contract.


  1. The US Department of Defense “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the S-400 tests, conducted by the Turkish military on October 16, Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said on Friday. The course of action chosen by Ankara “risks serious consequences for our security relationship,” Hoffman added.

    We have been clear and unwavering in our position: an operational S-400 system is not consistent with Turkey’s commitments as a US and NATO ally.

    The Pentagon statement repeats almost word for word the US State Department’s reaction to the first reports of the successful tests last week.

  2. El Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU. ha condenado "en los términos más enérgicos" la prueba del sistema de antimisiles S-400, de fabricación rusa, que fue realizada por Turquía el pasado 16 de octubre y confirmada este viernes por el presidente Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    "Nos oponemos a que Turquía pruebe este sistema, que corre el riesgo de tener graves consecuencias para nuestra relación de seguridad", comunicó el portavoz del Pentágono, Jonathan Hoffman. Reiteró la postura "clara e inquebrantable" del Pentágono de que "un sistema operativo S-400 no es coherente con los compromisos de Turquía como aliado de EE.UU. y la OTAN".


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