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Friday, February 20, 2015

Turkey to keep missile system outside NATO as China deal looms

HQ-9/FD2000  missile defense systemTurkey won't integrate its new missile defense system with its NATO allies, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, keeping open the option of turning to China for the $3.4 billion deal.

The purchase of long-range missiles will form part of a "national system for Turkey's defense" that's separate from NATO's network, Yilmaz said in a written response to a parliamentary question published by Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The prospect of the Chinese deal going ahead will dismay Turkey's U.S. and European allies, who have urged the country to adopt a compatible system to NATO.

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