NATO Warns Turkey of ‘Consequences’ for Buying Russian S-400 Missiles

Turkey risks restrictions on its continued participation in NATO’s mutual air defense system by going ahead with the estimated $2.5 billion purchase of advanced S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia, a top NATO general said Wednesday.

“The principle of sovereignty obviously exists in acquisition of defense equipment” by NATO-member Turkey, said Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee.

“But the same way that nations are sovereign in making their decision, they are also sovereign in facing the consequences of that decision,” he told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

Pavel echoed earlier statements by NATO officials that the S-400 system…

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