The Reading / Listening - Missile Defense System - Level 5

U.S.-Turkey relations have soured after Turkey purchased a Russian missile defense system, the first deliveries of which were made on Friday. The USA had warned Turkey not to buy the S-400 missile defense equipment from Russia. The USA and Turkey are both allies in NATO - a defense organization created to counter any possible military aggression by Russia. NATO consists of 29 North American and European nations. The USA has the biggest military in NATO. Turkey has recently been establishing closer ties with Russia. This has caused security concerns for the USA.



The U.S. warned Turkey it would face economic sanctions if it installed the S-400 system. It also said Turkey would not be part of the USA's high-tech F-35 fighter jet programme. The U.S. wants Turkey to buy its Patriot missile defense system. U.S. officials say the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and would risk F-35 fighter jets to possible Russian trickery. Turkey has no plans to integrate the S-400 with NATO systems and says it would pose no threat to NATO. Turkey said the purchase of the S-400 did not mean it is seeking "alternatives" in its relations with the West.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Missile Defense System - Level 4 or  Missile Defense System - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48962885
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-s-400-defense-systems-arrive-in-turkey
  • https://tass.com/defense/1068288
  • https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-russian-s-400-hardware-deployment-starts/1529747


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. U.S.-Turkey relations have
  2. defense
  3. The USA and Turkey
  4. NATO - a defense
  5. counter any possible military
  6. The USA has the biggest
  7. establishing closer
  8. This has caused security
  1. aggression by Russia
  2. ties with Russia
  3. organization
  4. soured
  5. concerns for the USA
  6. equipment
  7. are both allies
  8. military in NATO

Paragraph 2

  1. it would face economic
  2. the USA's high-tech F-35 fighter
  3. incompatible with
  4. risk F-35 fighter jets to possible
  5. Turkey has no plans to
  6. it would pose no
  7. it is seeking
  8. relations
  1. integrate the S-400
  2. Russian trickery
  3. "alternatives"
  4. jet programme
  5. with the West
  6. sanctions
  7. NATO systems
  8. threat to NATO

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S.-Turkey (1) ___________________ after Turkey purchased a Russian missile defense system, the (2) ___________________ which were made on Friday. The USA had warned Turkey not to buy the S-400 missile defense equipment from Russia. The USA and Turkey (3) ___________________ in NATO - a defense organization (4) ___________________ any possible military aggression by Russia. NATO consists of 29 North American and European nations. The USA has (5) ___________________ in NATO. Turkey has recently been establishing closer ties with Russia. This has caused (6) ___________________ the USA.

The U.S. warned Turkey it would (7) ___________________ if it installed the S-400 system. It also said Turkey would not (8) ___________________ the USA's high-tech F-35 (9) ___________________. The U.S. wants Turkey to buy its Patriot missile defense system. U.S. officials say the Russian system (10) ___________________ NATO systems and would risk F-35 fighter jets to possible Russian trickery. Turkey has no (11) ___________________ the S-400 with NATO systems and says it would (12) ___________________ to NATO. Turkey said the purchase of the S-400 did not mean it is seeking "alternatives" in its relations with the West.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

U.S.-TurkeyrelationshavesouredafterTurkeypurchasedaRussianmi
ssiledefensesystem,thefirstdeliveriesofwhichweremadeonFriday.T
heUSAhadwarnedTurkeynottobuytheS-400missiledefenseequipme
ntfromRussia.TheUSAandTurkeyarebothalliesinNATO-adefenseorg
anizationcreatedtocounteranypossiblemilitaryaggressionbyRussia.
NATOconsistsof29NorthAmericanandEuropeannations.TheUSAhast
hebiggestmilitaryinNATO.Turkeyhasrecentlybeenestablishingcloser
tieswithRussia.ThishascausedsecurityconcernsfortheUSA.TheU.S.
warnedTurkeyitwouldfaceeconomicsanctionsifitinstalledtheS-400
system.ItalsosaidTurkeywouldnotbepartoftheUSA'shigh-techF-35f
ighterjetprogramme.TheU.S.wantsTurkeytobuyitsPatriotmissiledef
ensesystem.U.S.officialssaytheRussiansystemisincompatiblewithN
ATOsystemsandwouldriskF-35fighterjetstopossibleRussiantricker
y.TurkeyhasnoplanstointegratetheS-400withNATOsystemsandsa
ysitwouldposenothreattoNATO.TurkeysaidthepurchaseoftheS-40
0didnotmeanitisseeking"alternatives"initsrelationswiththeWest.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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