Weapon sales

Turkey receiving Russian S-400 missile system despite U.S. warnings

Turkish President Erdogan (L) with Trump at the G-20. Photo: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkey has received “the first group of equipment” from a Russian S-400 air defense system despite warnings from the U.S. and other NATO allies who say the system could compromise the alliance's security.

Between the lines: "Turkey sees the balance of power shifting away from Europe and the U.S. and envisions itself as a more independent actor in a changing global order," two senior Turkish officials tell Bloomberg.

State Department approves $2.2 billion Taiwan arms sale plan

A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds during the United States and South Korean Joint live fire Exercise at Rodriguez Range on September 1, 2011.
A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Congress has been notified that the State Department has approved a potential $2.2 billion sale of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: Reuters notes China’s Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. last month when the move was first reported to halt such sales to avoid harming bilateral ties. China regards the self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province. It's become a flashpoint in the U.S.-China relationship. The announcement comes as trade tensions between the 2 countries have been ratcheting down.