World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States is continuing to criticize Turkey for agreeing to buy a Chinese-made missile system. A senior U.S. diplomat said that Turkish firms involved in the $3.44 billion deal could become subject to U.S. sanctions for doing business with the black-listed Chinese weapons firm CPMIEC.
The Ankara-based diplomat, who did not leave a name, told Defense News, “Turkish entities to be involved in this program in partnership with CPMIEC would be denied access to any use of US technology or equipment in relation to this program,” the diplomat said. “No US equipment would ever be sold or authorized to be used anywhere in the program,” he added.
On February 5, CPMIEC was blacklisted by the U.S. for breaching the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
On September 26, Turkey opted for the Chinese firm because they proposed the best offer for the missile, while rejecting offers from American firms Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, as well as Italian-French consortium Eurosam.
However, in October, U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone claimed that the Chinese system would be impossible to synchronize with NATO systems already in place in Turkey.
The anonymous diplomat reassured that Turkey was not being targeted by such comments, saying that the U.S. will and has maintained the same attitude towards any country dealing with blacklisted firms. Comparing the situation to a similar crisis in relations between the U.S. and Israel in 2000 and 2005, he said “This situation increasingly looks like the twin crises we had with Israel in the 2000s,” referring to Israel’s sale of drones to China.Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 12:26