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U.S. Patriot offer not good enough for Turkey

Staff Writer |
Turkey cannot accept the terms of the United States’ current offer of air defense systems Patriot, chief of Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate Ismail Demir said.

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"We asked the United States for Patriots. The reply to our request followed 18 months later. We cannot accept the terms and details of the United States’ proposal in their current form," Demir told the NTV television broadcaster.

He added that active negotiations were continuing with the American side and "there are certain aspects (of a future contract) that have to be cleared up."

About the outlook for receiving Russia’s air defense systems S-400 Demir said that "the systems will begin to be delivered in July and go operational by October."

At the first stage Ankara will get two systems. In response to the United States’ criticism against Turkey over the purchase of Russian air defense systems Demir said the Defense Industry Directorate was in charge of only technical aspects of the affair, while decisions in other fields were made by different government institutions, TASS recalls.

On December 18, 2018 it was announced that the U.S. Administration had made a decision to sell air defense systems Patriot for 3.5 billion dollars. At the same time Washington was exerting pressures on Ankara over its purchase of Russia’s S-400s.

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