US concerned about Turkey's choice of Chinese missile system

By REUTERS
September 29, 2013 05:19

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States said on Saturday it had expressed serious concerns to Turkey over its decision to co-produce a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under US sanctions.

Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, announced this week that it had chosen the FD-2000 missile defense system from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, or CPMIEC, over rival systems from Russian, US and European firms.

CPMIEC is under US sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.

"We have 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 inter-operable with NATO systems or collective defense capabilities," a State Department spokeswoman said.

"Our discussions on this issue will continue."

Some Western defense analysts have said they were surprised by Turkey's decision, having expected the contract to go to Raytheon Co, a US company that builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.

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