The NATO secretary-general announced the need for Turkey to find an alternative to the previously acquired Russian air defense systems S-400.
On Monday (5), NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that replacement will eliminate aviation risks for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
“Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 creates a difficulty for us, which could pose a risk to allied aircraft, as well as placing Turkey under US sanctions. The S-400 cannot be integrated into the NATO system, so I invite our Turkish partners to look for an alternative, “said the secretary general at a joint press conference with Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
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S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems
The Turkish chancellor said that Ankara had acquired the Russian systems, “for not being able to buy the American Patriot or other similar systems for its defense”.
Stoltenberg is in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, on a business visit. In addition to visiting the chancellor, he is also expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In 2019, Russia supplied Turkey with four divisions of the S-400 missile system. The supply caused discomfort in relations between Washington and Ankara, which is threatened with sanctions if the Turkish government does not abandon the Russian system.