- Sputnik International
World
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Pentagon Told Turkey About Concerns Over S-400 Purchase From Russia

© AFP 2023 / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / A woman walks near Russia's air defence system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles at the military exhibition
A woman walks near Russia's air defence system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles at the military exhibition - Sputnik International
Subscribe
As Moscow and Ankara signed a contract on the delivery of S-400 air defense systems, the Pentagon has commented on a NATO member state's purchase of a Russian next-generation weapon.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Defense has told Turkish authorities about its concerns over the country's purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400," Michael said. "A NATO interoperable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in its region."

Recharging an S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system during the combat duty drills of the surface to air-misile regiment in the Moscow Region. - Sputnik International
Turkey Wants to ‘Ease Dependence on NATO’ by Purchasing Russian S-400
The Pentagon added that the US is committed to speedy delivery of military equipment to Turkey in light of Ankara's signing of a S-400 delivery contract with Moscow.

"Turkey continues to pursue anti-missile systems from NATO Allies, including the US, for its broader, long-term missile defense needs. The United States is committed to expediting the delivery of equipment purchased by Turkey, when possible," Michael said.

The Pentagon's comment comes as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier in the day that Ankara had made the first payment for the Russian S-400 systems.

When asked whether Turkey's membership in NATO would become an obstacle to S-400 deliveries, the Kremlin aide said earlier that "each party undertakes commitments determining what it has the right to do with the delivered weapons, and what it cannot do."

The S-400 is Russia's next-generation air defense system. It carries three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely-long ranges. It is designed to track and destroy various types of aerial targets, from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles.

© SputnikThe S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS) - Sputnik International
The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала