Russia and Turkey are at the final stage of talks on the delivery of the S-400 missile defense system to Ankara. Turkey’s intention to buy an advanced missile defense system from a non-NATO country has sparked serious concerns in the United States.
NATO’s Reaction to the Possible Deal
According to reports in Turkish media, Washington would use any possible means to pressure Ankara and impede the possible deal.
The US recently signaled that Turkey buying the S-400 from Russia would become a major concern.
“Turkey has not completed a deal with Russia yet. If they would, it would be concerning,” Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Sunday in an interview with the NBC TV station.
Responding to the remark, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that the concerns of Washington politicians are unreasonable.
“Why should this be a concern? Each country should take certain measures to ensure its security. How many times have we talked with America, but it did not work out, so like it or not, we began to make plans about the S-400,” Erdogan told a press conference in Ankara.
The Turkish president added that negotiations on the missile system have “largely” been completed.
“It is well known that the US and some other [Turkey’s] allies in NATO are concerned over the possible S-400 deal between Russia and Turkey. NATO officials express concern over the possibility to integrate the Russian-made system with alliance’s military standards,” former Turkish Ambassador to the US Faruk Loğoğlu .