Turkey, France and Italy agree to strengthen defense cooperation: sources

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News ID: 15428
Publish Date: 21:34 - 08 November 2017
TEHRAN, November 8 - Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects including air and missile defense systems, Turkish defense ministry sources said.

Turkey, France and Italy agree to strengthen defense cooperation: sourcesTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - As a first step, the Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium and Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile system produced by EUROSAM and determine the common needs of the three countries, the sources said.

NATO member Turkey says it plans to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles, a decision which has been seen in some Western capitals as a snub to the alliance, given tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Syria.

The Russian deal also raises concern because the weapons cannot be integrated into NATO defense.

But Turkey has at the same time been in talks with the EUROSAM consortium, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last month that Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan had told him that Ankara was discussing buying air defense systems from France and Italy in addition to the S-400s.

The defense ministry sources said Turkey, France and Italy would strengthen cooperation on joint production of military electronic systems, software and simulation systems and warfare equipments, as well as air and missile defense systems.

The letter of intent was signed in Brussels, where Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli was attending a meeting of NATO defense ministers.

 Source: Egypttoday

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