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Turkey's Russia missile deal raises difficult questions - Germany

Turkey's Russia missile deal raises difficult questions - Germany
FILE PHOTO: German government spokesman Steffen Seibert addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo   -   Copyright  Fabrizio Bensch(Reuters)
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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)

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