Oct 16, 2020 At least one missile was fired in Turkey’s northern metropolis of Sinop on Friday following a Turkish report that the navy would take a look at its Russian-built S-400 air protection system within the space this week. Video of the launch was posted to social media by a neighborhood resident on Friday morning. Turkey issued an aviation warning final week for as much as 200,000 toes over the Black Sea coastal metropolis of Sinop, saying missiles could be fired within the space Oct. 13-16. Also final week, video surfaced on social media purportedly exhibiting an S-400 battery touring in northern Turkey towards Sinop. Turkish Minute first reported earlier this month that Turkey’s navy would take a look at the S-400 in Sinop within the first half of October. The Turkish Defense Ministry has not issued a press release on the reported take a look at. A consultant of US European Command didn’t instantly return Al-Monitor’s request for remark. Why it issues: Ankara could also be seizing a window of alternative to check its new protection system earlier than the November US presidential election. The Donald Trump administration has warned Turkey to not activate its S-400 system or else it might face financial sanctions, however regardless of having been repeatedly urged by Congress to take action, has not enacted any penalties for its NATO ally. Relations between the 2 allies are at a nadir in vital half on account of Ankara’s buy of the Russian expertise. What’s subsequent: If it’s confirmed that the missile fired on Friday got here from Turkey’s S-400, the response by the US Congress is prone to be swift. Lawmakers have identified that the Trump administration is required by a 2017 legislation to put sanctions on Turkey over Ankara’s acquisition of the Russian-built protection system. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D.-MD) and James Lankford (R.-OK) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo final week demanding info on stories that Turkey used the S-400 to trace US-built NATO plane throughout rival air and naval drills amid Ankara’s standoff with Greece this summer time. Turkey additionally redeployed a seismic analysis vessel to disputed waters within the japanese Mediterranean despite urging from NATO management and the European Union not to take action. The US State Department known as the move a “calculated provocation.” Know extra: Diego Cupolo factors out that Ankara may be exploiting a possibility to check limits within the japanese Mediterranean because the EU has postponed a call on Turkey’s maritime actions there till December.