Stoltenberg: Turkey remains important NATO ally despite S-400 deal

Stoltenberg: Turkey remains important NATO ally despite S-400 deal

Turkey would remain a key member of the alliance despite its decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile-defense system, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, he noted that Turkey can still be included in NATO’s integrated air and missile defense network even if the S-400 is excluded from it.

"Turkey is an important NATO member. As long as that issue’s not solved, we need to minimize the negative consequences," Bloomberg cited Stoltenberg as saying.

The Secretary General of NATO called the decision to buy the S-400 "not good" and said there would be unspecified consequences for the decision, but didn’t engage on the possibility that NATO’s role in the alliance might be diminished in any way. 

According to Stoltenberg, Turkey’s membership in NATO runs “much deeper” than the F-35 program and the S-400.

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