The US State Division has warned the Turkish authorities of “potential severe penalties” to the 2 nations’ safety relationship ought to stories of Ankara testing the Russian S-400 air protection techniques show true.

“If confirmed, we might condemn within the strongest phrases the S-400 check missile launch as incompatible with Turkey’s tasks as a NATO ally and strategic accomplice of the USA,” State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated on Friday.

Ortagus insisted that the air protection system “shouldn’t be operationalized,” including, “We’ve got additionally been clear on the potential severe penalties for our safety relationship if Turkey prompts the system.”

Washington’s response comes after a Reuters report confirmed “a slender column of smoke headed excessive into the blue sky” close to the town of Sinop in northern Turkey. Based on the outlet’s protection analyst Turan Oguz, the smoke sample recommended it was a missile launch of the Russian-made S-400.

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The Turkish protection ministry stated it might neither verify nor deny any missile assessments. Ankara has beforehand stated it meant to make the S-400s it had bought from Moscow totally operation by the top of 2020.

Turkey has already obtained plenty of backlash from the US over its procurement of the air protection system. Following the supply of the primary 4 missile batteries from Russia in August 2019, Washington suspended Turkey from the F-35 fighter-jet program, and has threatened additional sanctions.

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