The Latest: NATO summit: Turkey defends weapons purchase
BRUSSELS – The Newest at the NATO summit (all instances native):
The Turkish overseas minister has defended his nation’s acquire of a Russian-made air protection gadget, the primary of its sort via a NATO member.
Mevlut Cavusoglu (Might-VLOOT CHA-voosh-oh-loo) insists “Turkey is a sovereign nation” and says its acquisition of the S400 anti-aircraft gadget got here best as it wanted this kind of gadget and ran out of different choices, similar to from the US.
Cavusoglu spoke at a panel dialogue Wednesday earlier than a NATO summit in Brussels.
The S400s would not be suitable with many different NATO methods that Turkey has and operates.
“It’s my pressing want and I attempted to shop for from many different international locations — together with China, however I am getting the most efficient deal from Russia, and I purchased it,” Cavusoglu stated.
“I attempted to shop for from my allies.”
Canadian High Minister Justin Trudeau says his nation is providing to guide NATO’s new army coaching challenge in Iraq for the primary yr and stands in a position to offer 250 troops plus helicopters for the hassle.
Trudeau stated Wednesday that it is very important lend a hand construct the conflict-ravaged nation’s resilience in opposition to the Islamic State staff.
Talking at a German Marshall Fund match at the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, Trudeau stated that “we need to construct that democracy and toughen it,” and doing so “is one thing that we consider in deeply.”
NATO leaders are anticipated to announce later Wednesday that the alliance is stepping up its troop coaching and armed forces academy construction effort in Iraq, with loads of running shoes working out of the capital, Baghdad.