Turkish S-400 acquisition not a problem, says Stoltenberg

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 13.10.2017 10:46

On Tuesday 10 October, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that the acquisition of the most sophisticated Russian air defence system, the S-400 Triumf, by Turkey is not against the Alliance's interests.

This first major purchase of Russian military equipment by a NATO member state has also sparked controversy within the Alliance because of its incompatibility with NATO systems. Yet, Stoltenberg added, the acquisition was a matter of national interest and Turkey does not require the system's integration into NATO defence systems. The acquisition process itself is accompanied by disagreements between Ankara and Moscow, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on 9 October that the agreement could be cancelled if Russia does not participate in the development and production of the Turkish air defence system. Although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan justified the decision for buying the S-400 system by inadequate bids by NATO states in the tender, he also stated that dialogue with France and Italy on the possible delivery of additional air defence systems is already in progress. These systems could be the SAMPT/T from Italian-French Eurosam which had already been staitoned in Turkey.

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