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Turkey purchase the sophisticated missile-defense system S-400 to Russia

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Turkey purchase the sophisticated missile-defense system S-400 to Russia

The fact that a NATO member to buy arms to a provider outside treaty already is of concern to US and will pose questions to rest

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Turkey, a NATO member, announced this Monday a contract with Russia for purchase of system of air defense S-400, a decision that is of concern to united States.

"an agreement Was signed for purchase of S-400 to Russia. Already made a deposit", reported several Turkish newspapers quoting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Erdogan are "determined to move forward with this issue", he added in statements to press aboard plane on which he was travelling from Kazakhstan to Turkey.

Erdogan defended sovereignty of Turkish in terms of military matters, ensuring that "we make decisions about our own independence, we are obliged to take security measures to defend our country."

The S-400 is most advanced missile system air-to-ground that you have Russia, capable of reaching a target at a range of 400 kilometers and that no member of atlantic alliance currently uses.This purchase of military material to a third-party vendor to partnership will raise issues within NATO.

The choice of this defense system, Russian does not have too much strategic sense, taking into account that it will be difficult if not impossible to integrate it into defenses air defenses of alliance, defends Jonathan Marcus, a specialist in defence of BBC. "In NATO, usually only Russian team that is used is a legacy of armed forces of countries that belonged to Warsaw Pact," he says.

The Pentagon has already expressed concern at operation, amount of which has not yet been revealed, and has made it clear that "it is generally a good idea," that NATO allies to buy material compatible with rest of countries signatories of treaty.

The compatibility between different armed forces of NATO is "essential" to ensure " direction of our operations and missions," said Frances Presse a responsible of Alliance when asked about statements of Erdogan. In addition, this official warned that alliance was not informed of details of purchase.

An agreement, "strategic" to Russia

The adviser of Putin for technical cooperation and military, Vladimir Kozhin, said that " contract was signed and is preparing to implement it" and considered that transaction meets strategic goals of Russia. "For this reason, we perfectly understand reactions of several western countries which try to exert pressure on Turkey", he added.

This agreement is anor sign of rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara after serious diplomatic crisis a result of downing by Turkey of a bomber Russian flying over border with Syria, in November 2015.

The observers see in this agreement a new sign of hostility of se two countries with West.

Turkey, a key ally in NATO, which he entered in 1952, has been away lately in united States, in particular by decision of north american country to support kurdish militias in syrian, considered "terrorist" by Ankara in fight against group Islamic State.

But although Moscow and Ankara have come closer positions on Syria, two countries oppose on or issues, as future of Bashar Assad or treatment of Crimean tatars.

Germany will restrict sale of weapons to Turkey

a new episode in diplomatic tensions led by Germany and Turkey, German chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that germany will restrict sale of some weapons to Turkey. Merkel has tempered an announcement earlier his foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, in which he spoke of freezing sales of "greatest weapons" -including missiles, war planes, submarines and missile defence systems - Turkey apologizing in deterioration of human rights in country and tense diplomatic ties between two nations.

In statements to German public channel NDR, chancellor said that Germany would respond to requests of arms sales on a case-by case, without specifying criteria it will use to evaluate requests.

Before nuances of Merkel, minister of foreign affairs Turkish, Omer Celik, stated that Germany's decision "will undermine struggle of Turkey against terrorism, and weakening struggle of Turkish would make future of Europe more vulnerable." "Germany should leave safety issues out of political discussion," he added.

A spokesman for NATO did not want to assess extent and assured that alliance has no role in arms trade between member states. "[NATO] does not monitor, promote, or facilitate such transactions," he said.

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