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Erdogan: US refused to sell Patriot air defense systems to Turkey

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has made a request for the purchase of US missile defense systems Patriot, Sputnik News reports.

The head of state noted that Washington does not have additional resources for sale and, therefore, it cannot supply them to Turkey at present.

Erdogan emphasized that Spanish air defense systems are currently located in the country.

The Turkish president also noted that his country had not yet received US support for the situation in Idlib, but added that he would raise this issue in his next conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Statements by the Turkish president were made amid media reports that Ankara was transferring tanks from all over the country to the border with Syria. A report from the Demiroren news agency indicated that military equipment was intended to be sent to Turkish observation posts in Idlib.

Reports were preceded by continued escalation in the Syrian province, when Turkish forces claimed to have been attacked by the Syrian army several times and suffered casualties. Ankara claimed to have responded to these attacks by killing and injuring dozens of Syrian soldiers.

Turkey accuses the Syrian government and Russia of violating the Sochi Accords, after which the demilitarized zone in Idlib was created. Damascus insists that its offensive was a response to the ongoing militant attacks in the province and accused Ankara of aggression.

Moscow, in turn, also criticized Turkey for violating the Sochi agreements, as it did not distinguish between terrorists and the so-called moderate opposition in the province. The Russian Ministry of Defense indicated that some of the militant attacks on the positions of the Syrian army took place under the cover of Turkish artillery.

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