US warns Turkey over plans to acquire S-400 system

Washington has expressed serious concerns over Ankara’s intention to acquire the Russian S-400 missile system, noting that a Russian system is not interoperable with NATO systems and such an acquisition could potentially trigger actions and have serious ramifications for US ability to do business with Turkey across the defence trade spectrum.

The United States is committed to Turkey’s security and ensuring Turkey’s ability to defend itself. We have long made it clear that we want to work collaboratively on air and missile defence with Turkey. The United States has also made it clear to Turkey that we have very serious concerns with plans to proceed with the acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defence system, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that, as we have previously said, it is important that NATO countries procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems, adding that a Russian system does not meet that standard.

The spokesperson noted that such procurement is inconsistent with the commitment made by Allies at the Warsaw Summit to enhance resilience by working to address existing dependencies on Russian-sourced legacy military equipment through national efforts.

Additionally, an S-400 acquisition could potentially trigger actions under the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and have serious ramifications for U.S. ability to do business with Turkey across the defence trade spectrum, the spokesperson said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency