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Turkey, US begin negotiations on Patriot missile sale

March 1, 2019 at 7:04 pm

US soldiers can be seen with patriot missiles [US Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart]

Ankara and Washington began negotiating Turkey’s purchase of Patriot missile defense systems from the US, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“A positive response came from the Americans to the last letter we sent regarding the Patriot issue two years ago and negotiations have begun,” Cavusoglu told a local broadcaster in the central province of Eskisehir.

After protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the US with no success, in 2017 Ankara decided to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems.

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