Turkey didn’t buy Russian defence system ‘to keep in box’

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Turkey on Wednesday rejected criticism from the United States over its testing of a newly-acquired Russian missile defence system.

‘You don’t buy a product to keep it in a box,’ Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a press conference.

Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia this summer was met with consternation by its NATO allies and threats of sanctions from Washington.

US officials had lately suggested Turkey could be spared sanctions — automatic for countries that buy Russian weapons — if it did not activate the system.

But Turkey tested the S-400 on Monday and Tuesday at a military base in Ankara province, using military jets including American-made F-16 fighters…”

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