Lack of solution to Ankara’s Russian missile purchase not good for NATO, US, Turkey

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech in front of NATO's Parliamentary Assembly at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest October 9, 2017. Romania host the Autumn Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said the lack of a solution in the crisis between the US and Turkey regarding Ankara’s purchase of a Russian air defense missile system was not good for the two allies or the treaty organization.

Speaking to Turkish NTV, Stoltenberg said he conveyed to Turkish officials that different systems within NATO could not work together, adding that it was good to see that Ankara and Washington were in talks for Patriot missiles.

The United States offered to sell Turkey Patriots in place of the Russian S-400s, in addition to threatening to suspend the delivery of the F-35 fighter jets that Ankara has purchased.

However, Turkish officials reiterated that the purchase of the S-400s was a done deal. According to Turkey’s defense minister, the system will be start to be installed in July.

“We support both countries for a solution,” Stoltenberg said, adding that he understood that Turkey’s position was clear in the matter.

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  1. It is good to be without Turkey as well for nato, as Europa as the world, so stop whining. Having a untrustworthy irrational inconsequent member in Nato is Realy bad, beter that this Turkey is or enemy and that the Russians have to deal with this unguided tiran, so everybody at least accept the irreversibility and true nature of this regime and imaging the disorder they create now in the west that is shifting to Russia, Iran, China who ever. We should pay them to leave, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus can be a far beter geopolitic solution. And in the end Erdogan will be ousted , no douth, so then people need us again.

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