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Russian arms deal sours US-Turkey relations

That Turkey, a Nato ally, is at odds with the US is something that is more than obvious.

  • Nicos Panayiotides
  • Asia Times

The deteriorating relations between Ankara and Washington are manifested by a number of issues, ranging from disagreements about the Kurds’ role in the fight against Islamic State and violations of the domestic rule of law to strategic decisions considered by the Americans to be against their interests.

Asia Times logo 2b LLLSpecifically, Ankara’s strategic decision to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia was viewed from the very beginning as a hostile move, since Turkey – from 1952 a crucial Nato member in the Middle East – would not only procure technology incompatible with Nato defense systems but obtain it from Russia in a period of tense geopolitical relations between East and West over a…

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