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Turkey, A NATO Ally, Has Been Quietly Cozying Up To Russia

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Last Friday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that it received its first shipment of the Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. The United States has long opposed Turkey acquiring the S-400 out of concerns that the move could allow Moscow gain technical information about the F-35, an advanced U.S. fighter jet which Turkey helps build.

However, despite Washington’s threats of sanctions and expulsion from the F-35 program, Ankara has gone through with the deal.