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