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Turkey denies moving Russian S-400 missiles to NATO base

November 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Russian S-400 air defence system, seen during a military parade in Moscow, Russia, 27 December 2017 [Wikipedia]

Turkish military officials have denied, late Wednesday, a Sky News Arabia report that the S-400 missile defence system was moved to Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, Daily Sabah reports.

According to the report, officials speaking to Daily Sabah said that the S-400 missile defence system was not moved to the air base which is used by NATO. Earlier, Sky News Arabia news  claimed that “Turkey brought S-400 batteries to Incirlik Base used by the United States and NATO forces” in a tweet.

In 2019, Turkey’s initial purchase of S-400s from Russia strained ties with the United States.

The move prompted Washington to remove Turkey from the new generation F-35 Lightning II jet program.

The US had also threatened to impose new sanctions if Turkey buys more major arms systems from Moscow.

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