World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish government has announced that it is about to sign a deal with the Chinese weapons firm CPMIEC which will see Turkey take on a Chinese made F-2000 missile defense system, having preferred this offer over rival bids from US, Russian and European firms.
CPMIEC sanctioned by the US in February 2013 for dealing with states who have breached international nuclear weapons agreements. In a statement from the White House, the US said ‘We conveyed our serious concerns about the Turkish government's contract discussions with a US-sanctioned company for a missile defense system that will not be interoperable with defense systems or collective defense capabilities.’
Speaking to Turkey’s Star Newspaper, Turkey’s Defense Industry Undersecretary Murat Bayar said ‘we are not buying this for NATO, we are buying this for Turkey.’ He also went on to criticize NATO for double standards by ignoring the fact that fellow member Greece also bought a similar system from Russia.
While Russia was barred from the bidding process, Turkey rejected offered from the US and Europe that would have cost €4 billion. Instead they opted for the cheap Chinese option which cost $3.4 billion.
Bayar also revealed that the system would be produced in Turkey.
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