Key point: Ankara’s revived interest in Russian military hardware comes during a time of acute strain in Turkey-NATO relations.
- Mark Episkopos
- The National Interest
Turkey’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system marked a major shift in Ankara’s defense orientation, eliciting a sharp response from Washington.
Nonetheless, the S-400 deal barely scratches the surface of the blooming Turkey-Russia defense relationship and the threat that it poses to NATO’s military coherence.
The Kremlin and Rosoboronexport– Russia’s state arms exporting agency—are seeking to capitalize on the…