Image Copyright: Courtesy Allied Land Command
By Nancy Montgomery
Copyright: Stars and Stripes
VICENZA, Italy — Just a year after standing up its new Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, NATO learned last fall that the Turkish government was planning to purchase a new missile defense system — from China.
That was problematic, because the Chinese manufacturer was under U.S. sanctions for supplying missiles to Iran and Syria. Even worse from NATO’s perspective were the cyber-security concerns raised by the new system.
NATO top diplomats warned Turkish officials that the Chinese system was a no-go. So did top U.S. NATO commanders.