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What if Turkey buys the S-400 from Russia?

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On the anniversary of the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, news broke that Ankara had agreed to pay Moscow $2.5 billion to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. While the deal is yet to be finalized, its completion will have significant consequences for Turkey-NATO ties.

Located in a troubled neighborhood, Turkey has long sought to enhance its strategic defensive capabilities in line with modernization plans for its armed forces.

In this regard, NATO has taken steps to augment Turkey’s defense capabilities, even though these measures have fallen short of meeting Ankara’s demands. Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States have all previously contributed with missile batteries. Currently, the only ones that remain on Turkish soil are Spain’s Patriot and Italy’s Aster SAMP/T batteries, both of which are under NATO’s command and which are plugged into the alliance’s air defense system.

In the meantime, Turkey has not abandoned its quest to purchase an air defense system, considering non-NATO options as well.

In 2013, Turkey announced that a Chinese firm had won the bid........

© Hürriyet Daily News