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NATO Prods Turkey to Choose U.S. Over Russia on Missiles

A US Patriot missile defence system.

A US Patriot missile defence system.

Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

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NATO’s chief embarked on a final push to persuade Turkey to abandon its plan to buy Russian missiles by backing negotiations on an alternative U.S.-made air-defense system.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Ankara on Monday for a two-day visit meant to hammer home the threat the alliance sees in Turkey’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 missiles. Before he set off on his trip, he told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency that “the interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to NATO for the conduct of our operations and missions.”