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Turkey: We're Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

A Russian S-400 air defense system being tested in Russia. (photo: MoD Russia)

Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European consortium to buy air defense systems, without explaining how it plans to carry out both acquisitions -- seemingly mutually exclusive -- at the same time.

On July 13, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officials, that Turkey had agreed to pay $2.5 billion for Russia's S-400 air defense system, and that two batteries would be delivered within the next year and two more produced in Turkey. The deal, Bloomberg wrote, "signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades."

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Turkey: We're Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

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