Turkey is still interested in Patriot defense systems, Turkish official says

October 9, 2017

Daily Sabah:

The Turkish government is still in talks with Washington about the possible sale of Patriot missile defense systems, a senior Turkish official said Friday.

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Öztürk Yılmaz, who visited Washington last week, told a group of Turkish journalists on Friday that Turkey contacted Americans about the Patriot systems two to three weeks ago.

The Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Yılmaz’s remarks and said that Turkey was routinely conducting this kind of talks and Turkish expectations on the deal has not changed. “For us, technology transfer and joint production are the necessary conditions for purchase,” the official said…

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