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US: Turkey Must Choose Between NATO and S-400. Turkey: US Must Choose Between Turkey and Backing Terrorism

Mike Pence issues utimatum to Turkey, Turkey issues one back

US Vice President thought it would be a good idea to mark NATO’s 70th birthday by telling Turkey it must choose between NATO partnership and the S-400 air defenses it ordered from Russia:

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened Turkey’s future role in the NATO alliance, warning it against “reckless decisions,” like pressing ahead with the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.

“Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making such reckless decisions that undermine our @NATO alliance?,”Pence tweeted on Wednesday, after making similar remarks at a NATO summit in Washington.

What he doesn’t seem to understand is that Turks have much deeper grievances about behavior of its supposed ally:

Turkey’s vice president said his US counterpart must choose between an alliance with a loyal NATO partner or siding with terrorists, after Mike Pence issued an ultimatum for Ankara to pick its F-35 jets over Russian S-400 systems.

“The United States must choose. Does it want to remain Turkey’s ally or risk our friendship by joining forces with terrorists to undermine its NATO ally’s defense against its enemies?” Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted, in response to Mike Pence’s demands.

After you’ve converted the Syrian branch of the Kurdish left-wing nationalist Apoist movement into a decently-equipped army of 50,000 people, handed it one third of Syria, and are keeping your own troops there specifically so the Turks can not come in and slap them around, it might not be a good time to complain the Turks aren’t a good ally because they want to buy a Russian missile.