Erdogan: Turkey in missile talks with France after China disagreements

September 8, 2014 11:02

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was in talks with France on the purchase of a long-range missile defense system after disagreements with China, which was originally awarded the tender.

US and NATO officials have said Turkish collaboration with China on the system could raise questions of compatibility of weaponry and of security.

Franco-Italian Eurosam, which is owned by Franco-Italian missile maker MBDA and France's Thales, came second in a tender last September, losing out to China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp's (CPMIEC) $3.4 billion offer.

"Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and know-how during negotiations over the missile defense system," Erdogan told reporters as he returned from the NATO summit in Wales, private television channel NTV said on Sunday.

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