Turkey’s plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system and the United States’ threats to slap sanctions on the country for its purchase underscores the rising tensions between the two NATO allies, says an American political analyst.
“This may be another step of the gradual moving away from the dictates from Washington by some of our nominal allies,” said James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst.
“At this point, Turkey is so estranged from the rest of the NATO alliance, it’s hard to see that the US will be in a position to change Turkey’s mind on this,” Jatras told Press TV on Sunday.
“The S-400 is a very capable system by all accounts and I could understand why there would be concerns about the capabilities,” he added.
The top US Air Force general in Europe said Sunday that Turkey’s plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system would give a weapon used by “known foes” of NATO deep…