March 23, 2018 / 8:35 AM / 9 months ago

Turkey in talks to buy missile defense systems from U.S., Eurosam - formin spox

ANKARA, March 23 (Reuters) - Turkey continues to hold talks with the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium and the United States to buy missile defense systems, Ankara’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

In January, Turkey awarded Eurosam an 18-month contract for a study into the development and production of a long-range air and missile defence system, in a move towards closer defence cooperation with France and Italy.

In December last year, Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, finalising a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Tuvan Gumrukcu)

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