Turkey S-400 test ‘regrettable if confirmed’ - NATO source

Turkey testing the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system it purchased last year would be “regrettable if confirmed,” a NATO diplomatic source told Greek daily Kathimerini on Saturday.

The military alliance instead urged Ankara to come up with alternative solutions, Kathimerini said.  

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly raised concerns over the consequences of Turkey’s S-400 purchase, the Greek daily’s diplomatic source said, including conveying the message directly to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit to Ankara on Oct. 5.

The Russian-made system is not compatible with NATO weapons systems, and poses a security risk to all members, according to the alliance.

“This is a national decision for Turkey to make,” Kathimerini’s source said, “the S-400 cannot be integrated into NATO’s air and missile defence system.”

Turkey took delivery of the S-400 system in July last year. But the United States has repeatedly warned that it would sanction Turkey if the system was activated and has already removed the country from its fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet programme.

On Friday, a missile was fired from Turkey’s Black Sea coast, which analysts believe may have been a testing of the S-400 system.

The Pentagon has strongly condemned the move, as well as members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.