State Department warns Ankara of S-400… again

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With a new warning for the S-400s in Ankara, the State Department responds to the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who spoke about the acceleration of the delivery of the relevant anti-missile and anti-aircraft system.

Mr Putin is in Turkey, making his first official visit to a foreign country since his recent re-election.

Asked by the Hellas Journal website, the US State Department official recalled the US position that it does not want a NATO ally to buy the Russian weapons system. The United States estimates that there will be serious compatibility issues between the S-400 and a number of US weapons systems, including F-35 fighter jets. 

"As we have said before, it is important for NATO countries to procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems. "A Russian system would not meet this standard."

It is recalled that the manufacturer of the S-400, Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation JSC, is under sanctions after the decision taken by the US government on October 27, 2017. This decision is based on the special law on the imposition of sanctions (CAATSA ) which provides for consequences for countries that do not comply with US rules.

In addition, the official reminded that such a move is not in line with the expressed strategy for the gradual independence - especially of the countries that belonged to the former bloc of the Soviet Union - from the Russian war industry.

"Such a supply would also be incompatible with the commitment made by the Allies at the Warsaw Summit on Strengthening Resilience (NATO) through national efforts to reduce existing dependence on military equipment Russia, "he said.