The Turkish government has announced that it will not integrate its planned long-range air and anti-missile defense system with NATO assets stationed in the country.
In reply to a parliamentary question motion, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Feb. 19 that the system would instead be integrated with the national systems. “It will be used without being integrated with NATO systems,” Yilmaz said in a written statement.
He said that the integration of the planned system with the Turkish Armed Forces’ command-and-control structure would be done locally by a company authorized by the government. […]