Pentagon alarmed by Turkey’s plan to buy Russian S-400 air defense system

Russian S-400 air defense system

 

The United States has raised concerns over NATO ally Turkey’s plan to purchase an advanced air defense system from Russia.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told a press briefing in Washington on July 31 that the S-400 system Turkey plans to buy may have inconsistencies with other equipment used by NATO.

“Generally, we think that it is more suitable for allies to buy equipment that can work together in harmony,” Davis said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed last week the purchase of the S-400 missile was set to proceed, saying: “Talks [with Russia] have pretty much ended,” though most details of the agreement remain unknown.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last week that Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 is “concerning.”

Erdogan responded to Dunford’s comments by noting that Greece has been using Russian S-300 missiles for years and asked why it would cause “concerns” if Turkey acquired the S-400 system.

Full article: Pentagon alarmed by Turkey’s plan to buy Russian S-400 air defense system (World Tribune)

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