In Missile Deal With Russia, Turkey Shows There’s No Need to Fear the United States

If Washington doesn’t impose sanctions on Ankara, it will be seen as a paper tiger and Europe will receive further justification for avoiding sanctions on Iran

By Zvi Bar’el

On Friday, the Pentagon postponed “until further notice” and with no further explanation a press briefing on the arrival of the first shipment of Russian S-400 missiles in Turkey. The focus was to be the way the United States responds to such developments, including planned sanctions on Turkey. But the White House doesn’t have a precise position on this issue yet, especially regarding a country that has thumbed its nose at President Donald Trump’s demands.

The Pentagon led the opposition to the Russia-Turkey deal, highlighting the threats the sale may pose to the United States and its European allies. Trump totally backed the Pentagon, coming out with his own pointed tweets.