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US to Talk to Turkey about Concerns Regarding China Missile Deal

FILE - Dutch soldiers are seen standing next to a Patriot missile battery at a military base in Adana, southern Turkey, January 26, 2013.
FILE - Dutch soldiers are seen standing next to a Patriot missile battery at a military base in Adana, southern Turkey, January 26, 2013.
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— The United States is talking to Turkey about its concerns regarding Ankara's decision to co-produce a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm that is currently under U.S. sanctions, U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone said on Thursday.
 
“We are very concerned about the prospective deal with the sanctioned Chinese firm. Yes, this is a commercial decision, it is Turkey's sovereign right, but we are concerned about what it means for allied air defense,” Ricciardone told reporters.
 
Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, announced in September it had chosen the FD-2000 missile defense system from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, or CPMIEC, over rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms.
 
CPMIEC is under U.S. sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
 
“We have just begun expert discussions with Turkey and it will be done through official channels. We will have respectful conversations. We are concerned, but Turkey will make its own decision after examining the facts,” Ricciardone said.
 
Turkey has said it is likely to sign the $3.4 billion missile defense deal with CPMIEC but that its decision is not yet final. Some defense analysts had expected the contract to go to U.S. company Raytheon Co or Franco-Italian firm Eurosam SAMP/T.
 
Diplomats say buying a system that does not work with NATO systems would hamper the ability of NATO allies to work together, undermining a principle of the 28-nation alliance.

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by: Panchem Motto from: USA
October 24, 2013 10:29 AM
Turkey is no Alley of the USA. but Obama will try to placate the revolting Islamic Government of Turkey just as he has done with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Under Obama we appease our enemies and abuse our friends... i think the US credibility in the Middle East is lost forever...


by: Ozlam from: Turkey
October 24, 2013 10:05 AM
America, this decision with China has nothing to do with the Turkish Military. it is the decision of the Islamic Government of Turkey in direct violation of all decency - practicing treachery - American Erdogan is your enemy and the enemy of the whole region - the Turkish military will do everything it can to - you know what - to him and his islamic government.

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