Dunne raises concerns at Turkey’s acquisition of military equipment from Russia

4th February 2020

Philip Dunne raises concerns at Turkey’s acquisition of Russian-made weapons and asks the Foreign Secretary what is being done to maintain strong bilateral relations with Turkey as a key NATO ally.

Following the acquisition by Turkey of certain key military equipment from Russia, what is my right hon. Friend doing to try to maintain strong bilateral relations with Turkey as a key NATO ally?

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right—we have, as I mentioned, expressed our concern to Turkey about its acquisition of Russian-made weapons. That is against not just the letter, but the spirit of NATO. Equally, we value Turkey as a trusted NATO ally. It is often on the frontline of some of the greatest challenges that the alliance faces, so we are working with Turkey and all the European and North American partners to try to bring it into the fold and make sure that it is focused on NATO’s priorities.

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