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S-400s becoming a more difficult issue for Turkey-NATO ties

10 17 7

It was not so long ago that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described Turkey’s decision to purchase the sophisticated Russian S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems as a difficult issue.

“It goes without saying that it will be a difficult issue,” Stoltenberg was quoted as saying by Hürriyet Daily News on Feb 22. He also repeated that this was a national decision on behalf of Turkey, although it was pretty obvious that the Russian system would not be interoperable with existing NATO systems in Turkey.

Turkey’s procurement of S-400s will lead to impacts and consequences under three main titles. The first and perhaps the most important is the fact that Turkey’s purchase of the Russian system would trigger U.S. sanctions on Turkey. There is a wide consensus that Turkey’s deal with the Russian defense industry for the S-400s will be assessed under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Turkey and the U.S. had agreed to work on the issue during Secretary of........

© Hürriyet Daily News