Tensions between Ankara and Washington

Turkey could shut down Incirlik Air Base used by US if necessary – Erdogan on US sanctions

15 Dec, 2019
Ankara retains the option of shutting down the Incirlik Air Base used by US/NATO forces, in retaliation to any additional sanctions against Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
As well the air base, which is located in Adana, the Kurecik Radar Station in the Malatya province may also be closed, Erdogan said. The Kurecik base houses an early-warning radar installed by the US Army, which plays a strategic role in NATO’s ballistic missile defense network.
“We will close down Incirlik if necessary,” Erdogan told A Haber TV.
If they are threatening us with the implementation of these sanctions, of course we will be retaliating.
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Why is delivery of S-400 missiles to Turkey delayed?


On Nov. 25-26, Ankara’s skies saw the first intensive military air traffic since July 15, 2016, abortive coup. F-4s and F-16s taking off from Murted Airbase, 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Ankara’s city center, attracted much attention with their low altitude flights, targeting and evasion maneuvers.
The activity is for “testing air defense systems,” said a Nov. 24 statement from the Turkish Defense Ministry. This was followed by heavy media interest in coverage of testing of S-400 radars.
These media reports haven’t been denied by the Turkish authorities.
Sources in Ankara told Al-Monitor that the testing included radars of the first S-400 fleet. Two batteries are stationed at Murted Airbase.
Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/12/turkey-russia-why-s400-missiles-delivery-is-delayed.html#ixzz68FtaAhVl

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