Turkey: Russian air defense system no NATO threat

Turkey: Russian air defense system no NATO threat
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday said that the Russian S-400 air defense system posed no threat to NATO and that a working group should be established to analyze the matter.

“The claim is that the S400 and F-35s are incompatible. That’s the claim. Here is our proposal, let’s have a working group and NATO can chair this and let’s let experts make the assessment and come back to us,” Çavuşoğlu said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Reuters reported.

“It does not pose any threats to the NATO system or to NATO allies,” he added during the panel discussion.

Turkey took delivery of the air defense system last summer despite warnings from U.S. officials that the system could pose a threat to the U.S.-made fighter jet. The U.S. Defense Department kicked Turkey out of the F-35 program in response to the purchase, with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischHillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal MORE (R-Idaho) saying the nation “thumbed their nose at us” and that “if we just look the other way on this ... we will be viewed as weak.”

The committee advanced a bill imposing sanctions on Turkey for the purchase, over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE’s objections, in December in an 18-4 vote.