WASHINGTON — A messy multibillion-dollar deal between Turkey and the United States took another turn over the weekend as Moscow announced it was in the process of delivering a much-anticipated missile system to Ankara.
The delivery of the Russian-made S-400, a mobile surface-to-air missile system, is said to pose a risk to the NATO alliance as well as the F-35, America’s most expensive weapons platform.
Turkey, a NATO partner, faces several consequences for accepting the Kremlin’s missile system, including economic sanctions and removal from the supply chain for the F-35.
“We underscore that Turkey will face very real and negative consequences if it completes its S-400 delivery,” a U.S. State Department official told CNBC. “NATO countries need to procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems. A Russian system would not meet that standard.” The official, who declined to be named, said that NATO allies and the U.S. have offered Turkey other missile platforms.