The Russian S-400 air defense systems, which are in service with Turkey, irritate the United States. Turkish air defense systems track American-made Greek F-16 fighters with air defense systems.
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Turkish air defense activated the S-400 air defense systems purchased from the Russian Federation, which made it possible to track the movement of F-16 fighters of the Greek Air Force, which returned from exercises off the coast of Cyprus. This circumstance caused concern in the White House, after which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urgently arrived in Cyprus, and then visited Greece. This trip showed that the S-400 purchased from Russia by Turkey are a matter of concern to the Pentagon. Turkish mass media note that the test of the acquired air defense systems is planned to be carried out near Sinop on the Black Sea. In Greece, Pompeo's visit was considered extremely important, and regardless of what decision is taken in Ankara.
The Secretary of State also arrived at the Souda base in Crete. He noted that the permanent deployment of the USS Hershel Woody Williams in the region indicates the intention of the Donald Trump administration to strengthen its presence on the island. Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the countries that are members of NATO to resist the influence of Russia in the Mediterranean.