NATO called on Turkey to find alternatives to the Russian C-400

NATO encourages Turkey to work with its North Atlantic allies to find alternatives to the russian С-400 anti-aircraft missile system (AAMS). Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s secretary-general, said Monday, October 5.

“This is a decision of Turkey but S-400 is incompatible with NATO anti-missile defense system”, Stoltenberg stated.

The Secretary General expressed concern about the consequences of Ankara’s acquisition of Russian systems, stressing that they may “pose a risk to allied aircraft and lead to sanctions by the United States”.

On September 17, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that C-400s have not yet been put on combat duty in the country, RT reports.

August 23, the head of the state corporation “Rostekh” Sergei Chemezov said that the contract with Turkey for an additional batch of air defense systems S-400 is likely to be signed in 2021.

At the end of July, Ankara expressed its readiness to “eliminate anxiety” of the USA due to incompatibility of the American fighters of the fifth generation F-35 and Russian anti-aircraft missile systems С-400.