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Pentagon condemns Turkey's reported test of Russian-made missile system

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Pentagon on Friday condemned Turkey's reported test of a Russian-made missile system, a weapons system that US officials believe could pose a threat to the US and NATO.

(CNN)The Pentagon on Friday condemned Turkey's reported test of a Russian-made missile system, a weapons system that US officials believe could pose a threat to the US and NATO.

"The US Department of Defense is aware of reports of a possible test of the S-400 air defense system by Turkey.

A US defense official told CNN that the US military assessed that Turkey did, in fact, test the Russian-made S-400 missile system.

Members of Congress have repeatedly called on the Trump administration to sanction Turkey for its purchase of the Russian-made system which US officials believe is capable of potentially collecting intelligence on US and NATO systems and passing that information back to Moscow.

"Today's test by Turkey of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system is a stark reminder that Ankara is not deterred by simple meek pleas coming from the Trump administration.

While the Trump administration has yet to sanction Turkey over its purchase of the weapons system, it did eject Ankara from the F-35 jet program and administration officials have increasingly criticized Turkey over a range of actions it has taken recently.

And on Tuesday, the State Department condemned a recent announcement by Turkey that it would once again send a survey ship to explore for hydrocarbon resources in disputed waters that are claimed by Greece.

Turkey's announcement unilaterally raises tensions in the region and deliberately complicates the resumption of crucial exploratory talks between our NATO Allies Greece and Turkey," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

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