The Pentagon on Monday criticized Turkey’s plans to purchase a Russian air-defense system instead of investing in NATO technology.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in talks to get Russia to supply Ankara with its latest S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the Pentagon had concerns over its NATO ally’s purchase of the Russian technology because it might not work with other equipment used by the 29-nation alliance.

“Generally speaking it’s a good idea for allies to buy inter-operable equipment,” Davis said.

“With any ally, with any partner with whom we inter-operate … we want them to buy things and invest in things that will further invest in our alliance.”

Turkish media have in recent days reported that the deal is being finalized with Russia.

If it is completed, it would be a significant step after the two countries repaired relations damaged by Ankara’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border in 2015.

The S-400 system has a range of about 400 kilometers (250 miles) and is designed to shoot down enemy aircraft.

  • rchdir1

    Turkey is not our friend and they should be treated as such.

    • Chucky 2020

      We are not their friends either… just look at what we did, helped ISIS, military coup, always backstabbing countries through CIA/Mossad terror operations. How can anyone stay our friend? What goes around comes around.

      • FORBAN2

        Well said Chucky 2020.. This is exactly the situation ..The US is selling weapons to PYG in Syria a terrorist group supporting the PKK in Turkey ..

  • rchdir1

    Turkey is not our friend and they should be treated as such.

  • Meltdown

    Turkey buying weapons from Russia as the main adversary of NATO is so alarming that sooner or later Turkey will no longer be a NATO member.

    • FORBAN2

      Meltdown dude.. NATO has never been a reliable partner for Turkey.. Few years ago Turkey ordered Predator UAV's and the US refused.. Also the US refused to sell the latest version of Patriots.. It clearly shows the US is no longer a reliable ally .. Of course Russia is willing to close the gap… Good decision of Turkey to order the most advanced SAM system in the World ..

      • Meltdown

        When did Turkey requested for Patriot from US? As far as I know Turkey requested NATO for air defense when Syrian warplanes started to cross Turkey airspace where members of NATO fielded Patriot missiles but never Turkey asked for purchase of Patriot. Of Russia headed by former KGB official Putin who is expert from covert operation and undermined US democracy intervening in US election. Russia SAM are more advance than US, you must be kidding me. What happened to Russian S-400 around Syrian defense perimeter when US cruise missiles targeted Syrian airfield? Know your facts.

  • Meltdown

    Turkey buying weapons from Russia as the main adversary of NATO is so alarming that sooner or later Turkey will no longer be a NATO member.