Following its decision in late-2013 to purchase long-range air defense missile systems from a Chinese, rather than a western defense company, Turkey is being reportedly pressured to change its decision.
Russian officials claim that the satellite images being distributed by NATO military commanders to prove that Russia is preparing for an invasion of eastern Ukraine were actually taken last summer.
NATO has released satellite photos of what it says is a Russian troop and armaments build up on the border of Ukraine. That build-up, NATO says, includes fighter jets and tanks and as many as 40,000 troops.
A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.