ANKARA, (BM) – Despite the fact that the Turkish president promised to take the Russian Triumph S-400 air defense systems on alert by the beginning of April, these combat systems have not yet been deployed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Military Review magazine.
As it turned out, Turkey faced some unforeseen problems and postponed the commissioning of Russian-made air defense systems indefinitely.
“The Turkish authorities decided to postpone the introduction of Russian-made air defense systems into operation. An unnamed Turkish official, referred to by the media, said the outbreak of coronavirus in the country was the reason for this decision. At the same time, the article indicates that Turkey is not going to completely abandon the deployment of the S-400 air defense system, as the United States wants. Washington has already imposed certain sanctions against Ankara for having concluded a contract with Russia for the supply of air defense systems. Turkey makes it clear that the adoption of such measures has now been suspended, but as soon as the pandemic is defeated, the military will return to the process of preparing the Russian complexes for operation to protect the country’s air borders,” the Military Review informs.
Experts, in turn, doubted that the pandemic is the cause of everything.
“The deployment of Russian air defense systems requires a relatively small number of specialists, and there is absolutely nothing to do with coronavirus infection. It’s not likely that Turkey has some disagreements with its allies, especially since both NATO countries and the United States in particular were critical of the acquisition of Russian weapons by the Turkish side,” the analyst notes.
At the moment, the Turkish Ministry of Defense does not comment on the reasons for the delayed commissioning of the Russian S-400, although earlier it became known about the successful testing of these systems.
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