Covid-19 delays crunch time for Turkey-US relationship

7 May 2020 (Last Updated May 7th, 2020 16:24)

With the Covid-19 crisis impacting all industries and sectors to varying degrees, the fallout from the crisis is providing a scapegoat for a number of issues in the defence industry.

Turkish procurement of S-400 systems from Russia put Turkey in the firing line for US CAATSA sanctions. The procurement timeline called for April 2020 activation of the systems, with all other milestones achieved, including training and testing. The announced delay of activation of the systems due to the Covid-19 crisis is notable, given all the systems are in place, testing and training have been completed, and changing the status of the units to active is essentially only a declaration.

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