Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin, Erdogan Sign Arms Deal that Leaves NATO Unsettled

Putin, Erdogan Sign Arms Deal that Leaves NATO Unsettled

Increasingly strained ties between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Turkey over Ankara's determination to proceed with the purchase of a Russian S-400 air defense missile system has become a fresh source of concern in Athens.

According to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey had already made paid the first required payment and next step will be the credit transfer granted by Moscow, in order to complete transaction.

The deal is expected to cause anxiety for NATO's 28 other member countries, as the Russian-made equipment may not prove technically compatible with defence systems operated by the alliance.

Russia confirmed the agreement, with Vladimir Kozhin, Russian President Vladimir Putin's adviser for military cooperation, saying: "The contract has been signed and is being prepared for implementation".

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".

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The compatibility of the S-400 system is the main concern of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russian Federation". In addition, this official warned that alliance was not informed of details of purchase. Terror groups such as Daesh [ISIS, banned in Russia] and the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] are now active across European Union capitals. "This decision will weaken Turkey's fight against terrorism, and weakening the Turkish fight would mean making Europe's future more vulnerable", said Turkish EU foreign Minister Omer Celik today.

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. "Germany should leave safety issues out of political discussion", he added.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman said the alliance has no role in commercial arms sales between members of the alliance.

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