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Turkey May Buy Patriots from US: Erdogan

Tasnim
14 Sep 2019, 18:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Ankara will discuss purchasing US Patriot missiles in a meeting between the two countries'; leaders later this month, Turkey';s president said on Friday.

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'I said no matter what package of ... S-400s we get, we can buy from you a certain amount of Patriots,' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Reuters news agency in an interview in Istanbul.

'But I said we have to see conditions that at least match up to the S-400s,' added Erdogan, Anadolu Agency reported.

Erdogan had earlier talked about buying Patriots with US President Donald Trump in a telephone call and the two will discuss the issue in more detail at the UN General Assembly meetings in New York later this month.

'In my opinion a country like the US will not want to hurt its ally Turkey any more. This is not a rational behavior,' Erdogan said, who expressed hope that his personal bond with Trump would overcome the current crisis between two countries.

'This is not an offense, but a defense system. Turkey needs such a defense system," he said.

Underlining that Trump blames the Obama administration for refusal to sign a deal with Turkey to sell the Patriot missile system, Erdogan said: "It is impossible to think that threats of sanctions reflect reality."

He also reiterated that Turkey would take care of itself if Washington continued its current stance on Turkey';s exclusion from the F-35 fighter jet program.

Highlighting that Russia supports Turkey in the defense industry, Erdogan stressed that Russia offered Turkey to sell fighter jets Su-57 and Su-35.

In July, the US suspended Turkey's involvement in a program for F-35 fighter jets, saying its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense program could endanger the aircraft, a claim Turkey has consistently denied.

Turkey produces some parts of the F-35 jets and is a partner in the jet program. It has warned any effort to remove it from the production chain would be very costly.

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