Turkey did not use the С-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia to detect the F-16 fighters of the Greek Air Force in the Mediterranean Sea. Such statement was made by the Ambassador of the Republic to the USA Serdar Kylych on October 9.
“Nothing of this kind can be discussed. Even if this weapon has been tested, such an action is coordinated through the military channels of NATO, of which we are a member,” the Yeni Akit newspaper quoted him as saying.
The previous day, U.S. Senators James Lankford and Chris Van Hollen called on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to impose sanctions against Ankara after reports of Turkey allegedly using Russian C-400s to detect American F-16 fighters.
Aircraft were returning from the Eunomia exercise conducted by France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus in late August in response to Turkey’s unfounded aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Senators asked Pompeo to impose sanctions in accordance with U.S. law and to provide a response by October 14 as to whether S-400s were used to detect fighter jets and whether Turkey had integrated Russian air defenses into NATO’s tactical data system.