Turkey proceeds with deal for Russian missile system despite US and NATO warnings

July 9, 2019


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.

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