NATO meeting to focus on Russia, as U.S. cautions Turkey over missile purchases

Almost Heaven

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey remains an important NATO ally and partner to the United States despite concerns over its plans to buy missile defense systems from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, a day before the start of a NATO meeting in Washington.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to preview the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, said the gathering would discuss all elements of the military threat posed by Russia, including in the Black Sea, as well as the Afghan peace process and members’ budget contributions to the alliance.

The official said the NATO allies would seek to agree on a package of measures to bolster NATO’s military presence in the Black Sea, which has become a flashpoint with Moscow over its seizure of Ukrainian ships last year.


“The focus is on the defense and deterrence posture of the alliance in the Black Sea region,” said the official, adding that a plenary session on Thursday would focus on Russia, including what Washington sees as Moscow’s breach of the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The United States has said it will withdraw from the treaty this summer unless Moscow ends its alleged violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact. Russia denies violating the treaty.

While the official described the NATO alliance as “strong and unified,” U.S. tensions with Turkey over its plans to buy a S-400 missile defense system from Russia are likely to loom large.
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DanLMP

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Turkey remains an important NATO ally and partner to the United States despite concerns over its plans to buy missile defense systems from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, a day before the start of a NATO meeting in Washington.
I'm reminded of the testimony that Comey gave highlighting all of the illegal activities that Hillary was involved with and then saying he wasn't going to prosecute.

Here is Turkey having buddy-buddy meetings with Russia and Iran and we keep saying how important an ally Turkey is. This must just be wishful thinking.

Can the Administration really believe what it's saying?
 
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Mish

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Sadly, it is possible that the Administration believes what it’s saying...

I support President Trump, but I was dismayed when he fist-bumped Erdogan at the 2018 Summit in Brussels. He was frustrated over not receiving instant guarantees from the NATO countries in Europe. And then he told reporters:

“Except for Erdogan over here. He does things the right way.” ~that’s when he fist-bumped Erdogan. Not a great moment, but it happened. :confused
 
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