Turkey to work with France, Italy on national missile defense system

ANKARA - Turkey will cooperate with France and Italy on developing a national missile defense system project, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Tuesday, saying the focus was on development of the systems rather than purchasing.
"We will meet our immediate demands by buying the S-400 systems, and develop our own national air and missile defense systems on the other hand," Isik said in an interview on state television channel TRT Haber.
"All technical work is completed, and we have arrived at the final decision point on buying S-400 systems from Russia," Isik added.
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