Russian Missile Systems Used Against NATO

Russian Missile Systems Used Against NATO

( – Growing tensions with Turkey have been difficult to manage over the past few months. As a NATO ally that houses critical US military bases in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Trump Administration must walk a fine line dealing with any challenges from President Erdogan.

Unfortunately, the situation just became more complicated. A recent report shows Turkey may have activated a Russian Missile Defense System that could endanger NATO pilots.

The S-400 Missile System

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told listeners that US analysts have “very credible reports” Turkey began using an S-400 anti-aircraft system in late August. This missile system, when activated, can provide intelligence and data to the maker, which, in this case, is Russia. It’s also believed to have targeted US-made F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

This activation is likely in response to joint military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean by NATO allies Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and France. The countries currently disagree with Erdogan’s claim to energy-rich waters in the region.

Getting Serious With Turkish Threats

As Turkey begins to stray from the path of friendship with America, many US lawmakers are speaking out. House Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) made his opinion clear:

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) paired up with Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) to deliver a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:

What Has the US Done so Far?

When Turkey first purchased the S-400 system from Russia, the Trump administration ousted Turkey from the cutting-edge F-35 joint fighter program. However, this has proven to not be enough to keep the country in check.

As the US begins to distance itself from Turkey, there’s still much to be done. The country is still providing components of the F-35 jets, which are in high demand. Multiple countries have requested them, including the US:

There are many US-Turkey business contracts in full swing as well. According to Bloomberg News, a full and formal break with Turkey may not happen until 2022.

Turkey has been a NATO ally since 1952 and a vital partner in US Security. However, with its most recent bold moves challenging the US’ presence in the region, the tides may be changing.

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