February 6, 2018 / 9:33 AM / 6 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says will not buy foreign defense systems except in emergency

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not buy defense systems, software or products from abroad except in emergency, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, vowing to develop domestic military designs and systems.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a meeting of the ruling AK Party in Corum, Turkey January 28, 2018. Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking at a meeting of his ruling AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said Turkey was ready to cooperate with foreign defense firms that accepted Ankara’s conditions, but that this would not lead to purchases of ready-made systems.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans

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