U.S. Maintains Firm Stance On Turkey’s Purchase Of Russian Missile-Defense System

February 8, 2021

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty:


U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is maintaining the previous administration’s tough line against NATO member Turkey’s purchase of a major Russian missile-defense system.

“Our position has not changed,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing on February 5. “We urge Turkey not to retain the S-400 system.”

Turkey bought the S-400 system from Russia in 2019 after failing to agree terms with the United States on the purchase of U.S. Patriots, the air-defense system of choice for most NATO member states.

The purchase strained ties between Washington and Ankara and prompted U.S. warnings that such military cooperation with Moscow was incompatible with NATO. The United States also warned that it would endanger the security of U.S. military technology and personnel as well as that of Turkey…


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