NATO’s Top Commander Questions Turkish Missile Deal with China

commmmNATO’s top military commander urged Turkey on Wednesday to buy a missile defence system that is compatible with other NATO systems, questioning whether the $3.4 billion Chinese system that Ankara is leaning towards is suitable.

The comments by U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, add to pressure on Ankara to rethink its decision to build a missile defence system with a Chinese firm. . . .

Stressing that the choice was for Turkey to make, Breedlove said his concernwas that all NATO members took decisions that contributed to the collective defence of the alliance and selected equipment that would work with other NATO systems.

“In my conversations with the Turkish military … the important point is that we have systems that are completely inter-operable and … suitable for plugging in to NATO networks,” he said in an interview with two reporters in Latvia, where he was visiting a major NATO exercise.