Turkey’s government has failed to activate its S-400 missile system due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, according to CHP Chair Kemal Kilicdaroglu. 

“Turkey will have the most expensive and modern junk metal at 2.5 billion dollars,” said Kilicdaroglu in reply to journalists at the party headquarters on May 6. 

Turkey’s decision to purchase the S-400 from Russia infuriated the country’s NATO allies, which have been pushing Ankara to avoid activating the system.

Speaking to an online TV channel the next day, Kilicdaroglu added that the government had been subjected to blackmail since it had been offered money to keep the missiles inactive. He alleged that the government had already promised not to activate them but would be asked to make an official declaration on the matter in the near future. He also pledged to congratulate the government if it activated the S-400s.

ANKA Review, 3-10 May, 2020

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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