Trump Is Turning NATO Into a Viable Military Force

Trump Is Turning NATO Into a Viable Military Force

Trump Is Turning NATO Into a Viable Military Force

Washington has warned that proceeding with the deal could result in USA sanctions and the exclusion of Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program.

"If Germany persists in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as President Trump said, it could turn Germany's economy into literally a captive of Russia", Pence said.

Besides tensions centering around arms deals, Turkey has been expressing continuing concerns over Washington's support to the Syrian Kurdish militias, which are at the forefront of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

"[S-400s] will not be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation system", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday, advocating the setting up of a multi-party technical group that would ensure the air defense system "will not be a threat" to either the F-35 or other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems.

Another Turkish leader, Vice President Fuat Oktay, lashed back at Pence's remarks - saying it was Washington that must decide whether it wants to remain an ally of Ankara.

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara does not have to choose between Russian Federation and other countries, amid plans to purchase Moscow's S-400 system and F-35 fighter jets from US. "And we can not ensure the defense of the West if our allies grow dependent on Russian Federation".

"And even President Trump admitted on the phone that it was the mistake of the previous administration of United States that they couldn't sell Patriots to us".

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated that the deal with Russian Federation - thought to be worth about £2.5bn (£1.9bn) - would not be cancelled.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ruled out a change of heart, saying: "The S-400 deal is a done deal and we will not step back from this".

Shanahan said Tuesday that the two sides could resolve the issue by sweetening an offer to provide Turkey with Patriot missiles.

Germany was the only country out of these major powers to say they were more unwilling than willing to defend the USA, 43 per cent to 32 per cent; by contrast, 54 per cent of Americans think they should defend Germany should she find herself attacked by Russian Federation. "We have to shoulder responsibility in order to continue safeguarding it, in our own interest", he said. "There is no shift on our foreign policy".

"Not at the formal agenda, but on the margins when we have the ministers sitting down and looking into whether there's a way to find a way to find a compromise", Stoltenberg said.

Turkey has continued to maintain that it has the right under global law to defend against national security threats including any potential danger posed in northern Syria. "We began the four 30s initiative-which, by 2020, aims to ready 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons, and 30 warships for deployment within 30 days".

The Turkish military completed preparations for a cross border operation to the region east of the Euphrates River to clear PKK-affiliated terrorists, which have been posing a national security threat for Ankara, out of northern Syria.

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