As Turkish leader courts Russia, U.S. prepares to cut ties – Roll Call

As Turkish leader courts Russia, U.S. prepares to cut ties  Roll Call

Jilted by the United States, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has found a new friend, and possibly a new defense patron, in Washington’s longtime nemesis, Vladimir Putin. For the United States, a NATO ally cozying up to Russia is more than an inconvenience. It’s a national security threat. In July, Turkey will become the owners of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems, a weapon designed to shoot from the sky enemy jets, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. A few months later, the Turkish military plans to start flying those same American-made stealth fighters. Capitol Hill…

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