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Why did Turkey buy Russian S-400s?

Jul 17, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

Last Friday marked the arrival of the first S-400 missile defense systems in Turkey, more than half a decade after Turkey announced its plans to buy a long-range air-defense system. This snub of Western allies, first for China and then Russia, has been accompanied by repeated warnings of U.S.-imposed sanctions. What went wrong?

Rather than the U.S. using the strength it derives from its privileged position in global networks to pressure an adversary, Turkey's S-400 deal is an example of Ru...