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October 16, 2020

Armed Services Committee Chairman Inhofe Condemns Turkey's Test of Russian-made S-400 Missile Defense System

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding Turkish media reports that Turkey had tested the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system earlier today:

“I am disappointed to see Turkey proceed with testing the S-400 missile defense system — an action that further increases its reliance on Russian military equipment. Not only is this equipment incompatible with U.S. and NATO systems, it poses a clear threat to the F-35, which is why we have already terminated delivery of the F-35 to Turkey. It is surprising and even incoherent to see Turkey turning further toward Russia, given the two countries’ starkly opposing policy positions on and troop deployments to Libya, Syria and the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Turkey’s reliance on Russia for military equipment undermines, rather than improves, Turkey’s security.”

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