NATO said on Wednesday that Turkey had not informed the alliance of details of its agreement to purchase an S-400 air defense system from Russia.
According to the Sputnik Turkish service, a NATO official whose name was not revealed told Sputnik that none of the NATO members currently use the S-400 and that it was not informed by Turkey of the details of the S-400 purchase from Russia.
Russian officials had earlier said said that they would not share any information about their sale of its S-400 air defense system to Turkey due to the sensitivity of the issue. Therefore, the total amount of the purchase and the number of batteries sold to Turkey are not known.
After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Tuesday that Ankara had signed a deal with Russia to buy an S-400 missile defense system despite opposition from NATO allies, Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said the US has relayed its concerns to Turkish officials over the purchase.
In a written statement to CNBC on Tuesday, Michael said that a NATO inter-operable missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from the full range of threats in the region and added, “We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regarding the potential purchase of the S-400.”