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Russian S-400 defense system parts are unloaded from a Russian plane at Murted Airport near Ankara, August 27, 2019.

It’s getting harder for NATO to hide that Turkey’s becoming ‘a thorn in everyone’s side’

Despite NATO leaders' attempt to downplay them, rifts between Turkey and the rest of the alliance are growing.
A European F-16 Fighter jet leads a formation during an air policing mission over the Baltics.

Turkey is flying US-made F-16s to test a top Russian air defense system as Trump keeps getting sidelined by the US ally

"Erdoğan is thumbing his nose at Trump, the US [and] NATO, and crossing another red line," Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen said.
President Donald Trump with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office, November 13, 2019.

The US dispute with Turkey over Russian weapons could mean more problems on NATO’s ‘most troublesome’ front

Turkey doesn't need to leave NATO to weaken it. Just a lack of Turkish cooperation could undermine the alliance and empower Russia.
An F-35 Lightning II completes a series of night flights, testing the ability to fly the jet safely in instrument meteorological conditions where the pilot has no external visibility references.

Turkey’s S-400 could give F-35s and F-22s a major advantage in a fight with Russia

While Russia may get some intelligence on the F-35 stealth fighter through its relationship with Turkey, that road runs both ways.
33rd Fighter Wing F-35As taxi down the flightline at Volk Field during Northern Lightning Aug. 22, 2016.

The US is silent as Turkey starts receiving a Russian missile system that could jeopardize the F-35 stealth fighter

Turkey ignored repeated warnings and purchased the S-400. Now, the US is trying to figure out how to respond.
President Donald Trump with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 21, 2017.

The US is getting closer to punishing Turkey for buying advanced Russian weapons, but now another US partner is signing up to buy them

Turkey and the US are still discussing Ankara buying the S-400, but now US lawmakers want to block Turkey's F-35s and another US partner wants S-400s.
Russian servicemen next to S-400 surface-to-air missiles after their deployment near Kaliningrad.

The US keeps warning Turkey that buying Russia’s S-400 missile system means it can’t have the F-35, but Turkey keeps doubling down

US lawmakers and the Trump administration have warned Turkey not to buy Russia's advanced air-defense system, but Ankara is undeterred.
Turkey's first F-35.

Russia could destroy the F-35 from within with a missile-defense sale to Turkey

Russia has failed to field a new fighter to compete with the US's F-35, but if its missile defense systems can get an inside look, it may not need to.
Russian S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems in the Victory Day parade for the 71st anniversary of the victory over Germany in World War II, in Moscow's Red Square, May 9, 2016.

Russia sent its most advanced anti-aircraft missile to China last year, but Mother Nature got in the way

China became the first foreign buyer of Russia's S-400 in 2014. But the delivery four years later was delayed by forces beyond anyone's control.
The Russian large landing ship Azov fires missiles during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, July 27, 2017.

As Russia stokes tensions with Ukraine, it’s trying to gain a military edge over NATO elsewhere in Europe

Russia has been building up its forces around the Black Sea and has made similar moves elsewhere in Eastern Europe — and NATO has taken notice.