A Game of Turkish Brinksmanship on Missile Defense
Jun 27, 2019 | 17:22 GMT
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- Despite risks to its economy, Turkey, driven by domestic political imperatives and the need to defend its sovereignty, will not abandon the Russian-made S-400 over U.S. threats of retaliation.
- The United States will likely follow through on its threat to impose sanctions on Turkey, which could hurt the country's economy and further sideline it from the multinational F-35 fighter development program.
- That pressure will slow the development timeline for Turkey's domestic defense sector, but Ankara is calculating that it can withstand and defuse U.S. pressure over the issue.