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Turkey Says Talks To Buy US Patriot Missiles Continue

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(RFE/RL) — Turkey says it is holding talks with the United States on the purchase of Patriot antiaircraft systems.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Anadolu news agency on March 1 that the United States has offered to sell the Patriots and “the delegations are negotiating.”

The comments come amidst a controversy between Washington and Ankara over Turkey’s impending purchase of Russia’s advanced S-400 antiaircraft systems.

Washington has said it could withdraw the offer to sell the Patriots if Ankara proceeds with the purchase and has warned that the S-400 is not compatible with NATO defense systems.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month that the S-400 purchase would proceed and that the first units would be delivered in the autumn.

“We bought S-400s because we could not purchase Patriots,” he said.

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