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NATO chief calls purchase of S400 Ankara’s “sovereign decision”

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NATO chief calls purchase of S400 Ankara’s “sovereign decision”

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg called the agreement between Turkey and Russia concerning the purchase of S-400 systems the “sovereign decision” of Ankara, RIA Novosti reports.

Recently the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel warned the authorities of Turkey about the possible consequences of its agreement with Russia concerning the Russian S-400 missile systems.

According to Petr Pavel, the planned purchase will exclude the possibility of integration of Ankara into NATO joint air-defense forces.

“The principle of sovereignty operates when buying military equipment, but the countries are sovereign both when making a decision, and when facing the consequences of that decision”.

Pavel noted, that even as a separate installation, not integrated in the common system, S-400 deployed in Turkey will create difficulties for the facilities of allies, which may be potentially located on the territory of that country.

Previously, Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu told Akşam daily that Ankara may refuse buying the S-400 from Russia, if they reach an a...

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