Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off US reaction

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a news conference during a visit to Moscow, Russia, March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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SULAIMANI — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday (October 23) that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defense system it bought from Russia, adding that the objection from NATO ally United States on the issue did not matter.

Washington says Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 systems compromise NATO defenses, and has threatened sanctions. An apparent firing test of S-400s test last week prompted a furious response from the State Department and Pentagon.

(NRT Digital Media/ Reuters)