(ORDO NEWS) — It is reported that US Congressmen were “very angry” that Turkey was testing its S-400 systems on US F-16 and F-4 aircraft. Particular attention was paid to the fact that these tests took place the day after the talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the White House.
According to Defense News, citing its sources, American lawmakers were very angry at the situation when the Turkish military, during a training exercise held in July this year, aimed at the F-16 with the help of the S-400, and the Congressmen regarded this as a “latent threat” to other countries using the F-16, including the United States.
“The day after negotiations with Erdogan”
“It was not only a deliberate provocation, but also happened the day after Erdogan had a telephone conversation with the Oval Office,” the source said.
“Turkey’s purchase of S-400 is beneficial to Putin”
Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jim Risch said in an interview with Defense News:
“Turkey is a longtime strategic ally of the United States, but our relationship has deteriorated in recent years and continues to deteriorate. The purchase by President Erdogan of the Russian S-400 systems significantly changed the nature of our relationship. This purchase is beneficial to our adversary Putin and threatens the integrity of NATO.”
Information about the “tests of the S-400”
On July 7, 2020, the Fighter Jets World portal wrote that the Turkish army tested the S-400 air defense system deployed at the Mürted air base near Ankara on American F-16 and F-4 fighters.
The crisis around the S-400
The contract for the supply of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States, was signed in September 2017. In July 2019, Moscow began delivering the first batch.
Despite various sanctions threats from the United States, Ankara flatly refused to make concessions on this issue and continued negotiations on the acquisition of an additional batch of S-400. After Turkey bought the S-400 from Russia, the United States announced the exclusion of Turkey from the F-35 program.
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