Turkey must ‘do away with’ S-400s to beat deadlock: State Dept official

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FILE PHOTO: A Russian aircraft carrying components of a Russian S-400 protection system lands at Murted Airport close to Ankara, Turkey, August 27, 2019. Turkish Army/Turkish Defence Ministry/Handout by way of Information

WASHINGTON (Information) – Turkey must “do away with” the Russian S-400 missile protection system it has bought, a senior State Division official stated on Thursday, to beat a standoff with Washington, which says the procurement poses a risk to general NATO protection capabilities.

Talking at a briefing with reporters, the official stated imposing U.S. sanctions on Turkey over its buy was nonetheless a risk. “They know that they’ve the selection to maneuver ahead and the selection is to rid themselves of the S-400,” he stated.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis