Russia: Turkey cannot re-export S-400s without Moscow’s blessing

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Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22, 2017 during the first day of the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2017. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV

Turkey cannot re-export its Russian-made S-400 defense system without Moscow’s permission, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing the Interfax news agency.

The statement was made by Maria Vorobyova, spokeswoman for Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation.

Turkey started taking delivery of the S-400s from Russia in July 2019.

The purchase of the Russian-made system led to tension with the country’s NATO allies, which worried about a potential Russian subterfuge on NATO systems.

The US has warned of sanctions if Turkey deploys the S-400s.

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