The US sees Turkey's purchase of Russia's advanced missile system as a big problem for NATO, but Turkey says it can't quit the deal

FILE PHOTO: Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defence systems during the Victory Day parade at the Red Square in MoscowReuters

  • Turkey is forging ahead with its purchase of Russia's advanced S-400 air-defense system.
  • The US has warned Ankara against the deal, and US officials have now said the S-400 could be a big problem for NATO.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey's pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35 aircraft alongside the Russian systems, senior US officials said on Thursday.

The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said Turkey's purchase of the S-400 system was not tantamount to it withdrawing from NATO, but that Ankara's purchase should be viewed as a national security issue, not a merely commercial decision.

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