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Turkey is forging ahead with its purchase of Russia's advanced S-400 air-defense system.
The US has warned Ankara against the deal, and US officials have now said the S-400 could be a big problem for NATO.
WASHINGTON - Reuters - Turkey - Purchase - S-400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey's pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35 aircraft alongside the Russian systems, senior US officials said on Thursday.
The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said Turkey's purchase of the S-400 system was not tantamount to it withdrawing from NATO, but that Ankara's purchase should be viewed as a national security issue, not a merely commercial decision.
Range - Options - Turkey - Participation - NATO
"We are continuing to work on a range of options to ensure that Turkey's participation in the NATO alliance and bilateral relationship can continue unabated and unimpinged," one of the officials said. "The gravity of the risk to the F-35 both to the United States and to NATO allies is such that the two systems cannot be co-located."
NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying the Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from the United States that the S-400s cannot be integrated into the NATO air defense system.
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