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.