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Weapons from Rus­sia: Turkey has alarmed its NATO al­lies by agree­ing to buy a $2.5 bil­lion mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem from Rus­sia. NATO mem­bers are en­cour­aged to buy com­pat­i­ble weapons sys­tems, prefer­ably from other NATO mem­bers, but the Rus­sian mis­siles can’t be in­te­grated into NATO’s de­fenses. The deal is fur­ther ev­i­dence of Turkey’s in­creas­ing co­zi­ness with Rus­sia, as the two coun­tries co­op­er­ate in the war in Syria. The Pen­tagon ex­pressed con­cern, but Turkey was de­fi­ant. “What were we sup­posed to do, wait for you?” said Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan. “We are tak­ing and will take all our mea­sures on the se­cu­rity front.”

Putin and Er­do­gan ink a deal.

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