Intelligence facilities in the US are facing cyber attacks from Russia, said US commander-in-chief of NATO forces in Europe, American General Curtis Scaparotti. The United States also accused Russia of spreading the computer virus NotPetya. Scaparotti added that political disagreements between Turkey and its NATO allies are used by Russia to undermine confidence in the alliance.
The General assured that the European command of the US Armed Forces headed by him will defend relations between Ankara and Washington. Also, according to Scaparotti, for Turkey there are two security threats – “Russia’s subversive work and ISIS.”
The US hopes that Turkey will refuse to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. One of the consequences of the purchase will be the incompatibility of the complexes with NATO standards, confirmed Scaparotti.
At the same hearing, Democratic senator Jack Reid threatened consequences for defense cooperation between the US and Turkey if Ankara acquires Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. “The S-400 potentially jeopardizes the full range of defense cooperation between the US and Turkey.”
Earlier, NATO Deputy Secretary Rose Gottemoeller said that the S-400 does not integrate with NATO’s missile defense systems. Similarly, Russian authorities may be able to obtain intelligence data from it.