Pentagon reacts on Turkey’s plans to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Turkey signed an agreement for purchase of Russian anti-aircraft systems
11:28, 1 August 2017

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The United States criticized Turkey’s intention to buy the  S-400 missile systems from Russia. This was reported by Russian service of the Deutsche Welle.

“We want our partners in NATO, when buying weapons, to simultaneously invest in our alliance,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said on Monday.

“Our only concern about it is one of interoperability. Turkey is a NATO ally and generally speaking it is a good idea for allies to buy interoperable equipment,” Davis said. Most NATO allied field American or western European-made weapon systems. Further, a majority of the alliances’ forces are not trained on operating Russian-made heavy weapons systems, such as the S-400.

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The use of Russian systems by a NATO ally could cause confusion between Ankara and alliance members on the battlefield, he noted.

As it was reported earlier Russia and Turkey signed an agreement on supply of S-400 missile system. Also, it is planned to get the joint production going.

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