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Will Turkey's Purchase of Russian Missiles Rupture U.S. Ties?

Soner Cagaptay

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July 9, 2019

How have relations between NATO allies Turkey and the United States come to the brink of historic crisis?

The purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defense system by NATO ally Turkey poses a challenge to U.S. law and upsets longstanding diplomatic practice. Soner Cagaptay, The Washington Institute's Beyer Family Fellow, breaks down the interconnected political and military factors that have led to this crisis in U.S.-Turkish relations and forecasts potential short-term consequences.