Senior Turkish officials have differed over whether the planned new-long range missiles will be compatible with NATO systems, with a presidential spokesperson correcting the defense minister Feb. 23, stressing that these systems will surely be integrated with the alliance’s defense structure.

“As one of the most important countries in NATO’s security line, we will definitely ensure this integration and harmony,” a spokesperson for the presidency, İbrahim Kalın, told reporters at a press conference.

Kalın made this point upon a question on Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz’s recent statement, in which he argued the system wouldn’t be integrated into the alliance’s system. […]