Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems ride through Red Square during a military parade in Moscow.
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Turkey and Russia are inching toward an accord for the first major Turkish weapons purchase from Moscow, troubling Ankara's allies in NATO even though the deal may not ultimately materialize.While still a key member of NATO, Turkey's ties with the United States in particular have been strained over Washington's support of the People's Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurd militia, which Ankara considers a terror group.Timur Akhmetov, Ankara-based Turkey expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, said the talks helped Russia promote its arms systems and corrode trust among NATO members, while Turkey wanted to show its Western allies it has a strategic choice in its relationships.Moscow and Ankara remain on opposed sides in the Syrian conflict with Russia backing the Damascus regime and Turkey the rebels.Were Turkey to get its hands on the S-400 system, it would produce an outcome where NATO members Turkey and Greece were both operating Russian-made weapons, risking the same "vicious circle" that sees Moscow supplying bitter foes Armenia and Azerbaijan, he added.
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