BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Wednesday said Turkey’s decision to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems raised difficult questions for NATO and that it would welcome Ankara reconsidering the decision.
“The government is following this very carefully,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference.
“For NATO, it is very important that its armed forces demonstrate interoperability – that is very significant – and therefore difficult questions arise if a partner acquires a Russian system,” he added.
The S-400s cannot be integrated into NATO systems.
(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Martin)