Troitskiy: A wedge is being driven between Turkey and the United States as well as NATO in general with the S-400 deal

PONARS Eurasia
25 Jul 2019

(Al-Monitor) MOSCOW — This week will see the completed delivery of the first stage of Russian S-400 missile system components to Turkey. As was reported by RIA Novosti, over the course of this supply phase Ankara will receive launching systems and electronic equipment for the system.

While the first deliveries of the S-400 to Turkey started more than 10 days ago, the defense ministries of both countries continue to publicly report on the details of every arrival sent from Russia. [...]

Moscow-based political analyst Mikhail Troitskiy agreed that supplying the S-400 system to Turkey is a major success for the Kremlin.

“There is almost no downside to this deal: A wedge is being driven between Turkey and the United States as well as NATO in general. Russia is making money as an arms exporter and gets an additional 'ear' in the Turkish and Middle Eastern airspace,” he told Al-Monitor. 

However, Troitskiy did draw attention to a number of risks for Russia. Among them is Erdogan's political future, which is “as uncertain as the current direction of the Turkish economy.” [...]

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