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Turkey in talks to buy missile defence systems from US

March 23, 2018 at 8:57 am

US missile defence system [US Department of Defence]

Turkey continues to hold talks with the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium and the United States to buy missile defence systems, Ankara’s foreign ministry spokesman said today.

In January, Turkey awarded Eurosam an 18-month contract for a study into the development and production of a long-range air and missile defence system, in a move towards closer defence cooperation with France and Italy.

In December last year, Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, finalising a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.

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