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NATO Chief Says Turkey Remains Important Ally Despite S-400 Deal

  • Turkey can still be integrated into air defense system
  • Stoltenberg calls decision to buy the S-400 ‘not good’
Jens Stoltenberg
Jens StoltenbergPhotographer: Andy Rain/Pool via Bloomberg

The chief of NATO said Turkey would remain a key member of the alliance despite its decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile-defense system, while acknowledging that the move created a “difficult situation.”

Turkey can still be included in NATO’s integrated air and missile defense network even if the S-400 is excluded from it, Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said on Wednesday.