Turkey in talks to purchase US missile defence systems
- March 26, 2018
Turkey continues to hold talks with the U.S. and Eurosam to buy missile defense systems, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said Friday.
“The system we are buying from Russia cannot be integrated into NATO systems, but we are maintaining our target to develop a system that is compatible with NATO,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy told reporters.
“Our cooperation with Eurosam is in line with this target. On the other hand, we continue our talks for Patriot systems with the U.S.,” Aksoy said.
In December last year, Turkey and Russia signed a $2.5 billion deal. . Turkey will be the first NATO member country to purchase the long-range missile defense system from Russia, facing criticism from other member states who claim that Turkey is moving away from NATO.
Turkish officials underlined that the system will be able to function without any connection to external power and will be solely managed by Turkish personnel.