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Turkey Considers Russian Missile Role in Mediterranean Gas Push

  • Advanced S-400 batteries could start arriving in coming weeks
  • U.S. has opposed the deal with Moscow and threatened sanctions
Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP via Getty Images
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Turkey is considering deploying a Russian missile-defense system along the country’s southern coast, near where its warships are accompanying vessels exploring for energy, according to four people with knowledge of the deliberations.

The long-range S-400 battery, which might be delivered in weeks, would dramatically enhance Turkey’s military capabilities in the Eastern Mediterranean, where it’s embroiled in a spat with European Union member Cyprus over offshore gas exploration, the people said on condition of anonymity as the issue is sensitive.