Turkey, a member of NATO, has defied threats by the US, another NATO-member and received the first shipment of a sophisticated Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system. American officials have warned of severe repercussions, including blocking the delivery of the F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey and the imposition of economic sanctions. Turkey, however, has refused to bow to U-S pressures, saying the purchase is a matter of national sovereignty. U-S defense officials say the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems in the region. Turkey responds that the two systems would be located in separate locations. What does the purchase mean for the already uneasy relationship between Washington and Ankara? What does it mean for the future of the Incirlik air base, the storage site for scores of American tactical nuclear weapons? Is it a response by Moscow to NATO’s eastward near the Russian borders? These questions and more in tonight’s debate. But let’s first get an update from Press TV’s Colin Campbell in WASHINGON DC. Colin, we know that Washington is furious at Turkey for the purchase of S-400 air defense missile system. What else do we know about the US reactions?
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