World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's decision to acquire long-range missile-defense system from a Chinese company is not a done deal yet said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on a visit to the US.
If there is a new proposal from an American or European company that meets Turkey's needs, "we will make this deal with them", Davutoglu told Turkish journalists following a joint press conference with his US counterpart John Kerry.
"The most important criteria is technology transfer - we want them to be developed in Turkey and this is a very valid request," he said. "Second is delivery time, because there are so many crises around Turkey and we want to have this system as early as possible, and third is the price."
There is "no political or ideological dimension" to Turkey's choice and its is purely based on Ankara's three main criteria, said Davutoglu.
The US and the NATO are against the deal - as the Chinese company faces US sanctions for selling defence equipment to Iran, Syria and North Korea.
They had also said that the Chinese system would not be compatible with other systems used by Turkey's NATO allies.
Davutoglu also met with the members of US Congress and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 10:56