Erdogan says Turkey open to other bids if China missile defense deal fails

By REUTERS
October 25, 2013 12:43




ANKARA - Turkey would be open to new offers for a missile defense system if a deal agreed with a Chinese firm under US sanctions falls through, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Friday as saying.

The NATO member's decision to co-produce the long-range air and missile defense system with China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) over rival bids from Russian, US and European firms has raised concern among Turkey's Western allies.

"Currently I don't know if there are different proposals from the other parties. If there are they could be considered," the pro-government Bugun newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling a reporter on his plane early on Thursday.

"Only if China pulls out of the negotiations will the possibility of talks with the other sides emerge."


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