US Defense Department spokesman Johnnie Michael told the Tass news agency that Washington was “unhappy with Turkey’s decision to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system.”
“We have expressed our concern to the Turkish officials about the Russian-Turkish arms deal. We have an open dialogue on this issue with the Turkish side. We stressed the importance of maintaining the NATO defense system, in which Turkey is a member,” he said.
While the Pentagon sees Turkey as a key NATO ally, NATO considers buying a missile defense organization from Russia a breach of NATO’s defense system, which views Russia as a threat to NATO.
The Pentagon spokesman said Washington was “committed to a strong defense partnership with the Turkish side.” “The United States and Turkey enjoy a strong and lasting defense, trade and military relationship, and Turkey continues to pursue anti-missile systems from NATO allies, including the United States, Long-term defense “.
He stressed that the purchase of weapons from a non-NATO country, referring to Russia, is not consistent with the principles of the alliance, and said “NATO’s joint missile defense system remains the best option to defend Turkey from all threats in its region.”
US Defense Secretary James Matisse expressed Washington’s position on Turkey’s purchase of Russian arms at a press conference in July, but referred to the decision as “a sovereign decision by Ankara.”
The S-400 defensive missile system is known as the most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and began operating in Russia in 2007 and is designed to destroy aircraft, naval weapons and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground targets. To targets 400 kilometers, and 30 kilometers high.