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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:15 AM

Turkey Accepts Russian S-400 Missile System, Rankling U.S. And NATO

July 12, 20199:26 AM ET
BILL CHAPPELL


Russian cargo plane carrying parts of Russia's S-400 missile defense system landed at a military air base near Ankara on Friday.
Stringer ./Reuters



The first pieces of the S-400 missile system Turkey bought from Russia — against the wishes of the U.S. and NATO — began arriving Friday, according to Turkey's National Defense Ministry. In response, the Pentagon is expected to announce that Turkey will be barred from receiving the new F-35 fighter.

Turkey had planned to buy 100 F-35s, which is produced by Lockheed Martin Corp. But in the months since Turkey announced in April of 2017 that it also planned to install Russia's S-400 air-defense missile system, the U.S. has repeatedly said Turkey can have one or the other — but not both.

"If Turkey procures the S-400, it will mean they will not receive the F-35. It's that simple, " acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last month.

Beyond implying a crisis of solidarity in the NATO alliance, the Russia-Turkey deal has been criticized by the U.S. and its allies because of the potential for sensitive information to be sent back to Russia by its advanced missile system.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:22 PM

1. More soft targets for the Kurds

Most people have no idea just how fragile a target such SAMs are.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 02:01 PM

2. We should find out if it works.

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