BRUSSELS — NATO’s chief said Tuesday he hoped Turkey would keep in mind the military alliance’s views as it mulls a missile defense deal with China.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO member Turkey could buy equipment from any source after Ankara raised the possibility of accepting a Chinese bid to build its first long-range anti-missile system.

“Our position is very clear. It’s a national decision to decide which equipment to purchase,” Rasmussen told a press conference at the close of the first day of a two-day NATO defense ministers meeting.