This is a follow-up story to what was posted in July of 2013. They’re fed up with delays on being admitted as a member of the EU and want to threaten the security of the NATO alliance should they not get their way. The painful truth being, the EU doesn’t want a nation of 77 million that’s 99% islamic flooding the European continent. Therefore, a split is foreseable.
Turkey will likely end up choosing China’s long-range missile system and complete a deal by the end of the year if US and European arms manufacturers continue to refuse amending their offers to meet Ankara’s demands, reports Turkey’s Daily Sabah.
In 2013, Turkey accepted a bid from the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) for its first anti-missile system at a price tag of US$3.4 billion, though the agreement is yet to be signed.
It is believed that Ankara wants to keep its options open with US and European arms dealers given concerns about possible compatibility problems between the Chinese system and NATO’s, but none of the alternate firms appear to be particularly willing to alter their offers to match the requirements specified by Turkey, the report said.
Ankara has also not been clear over the issue of NATO compatibility, with former Turkish defense minister Ismet Yilmaz saying in February that Ankara did not plan to integrate the new defense system with NATO systems, though presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said in the same month that they will definitely make the systems compatible to ensure “integration and harmony.”
Professor Mustafa Kibaroglu, chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University in Istanbul, believes that firms manufacturing the US Patriot and Franco-Italian Euro-SAM missile defense systems have been revising their offers, meaning Turkish authorities might not be in a rush to sign a deal with CPMIEC.
Merve Seren, a researcher from the Turkish think tank Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, believes there will be no serious sanctions from NATO on Turkey or a serious impact on diplomatic ties if Ankara ends up choosing China for its missile defense system, but added that there could be a possible scenario in which NATO refuses to work in places where Chinese staff also work.
Full article: Turkey could choose China’s missile defense system by end of year: report (Want China Times)