UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) —The United States has still not responded to Turkey’s request for Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems.
This was stated to Turkish journalists by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the plane when he was returning from Baku. Fragments of this interview are quoted on Wednesday by Anadolu.
“Regarding the supply of Patriot air defense systems, I’ll tell you very clearly. At the moment there are no Patriot air defense systems that America would be ready to deliver to us. We made an offer and said:” if you deliver us the Patriot air defense systems, we will buy them from you,” said Erdogan.
The Turkish leader also announced his intention to negotiate with US President Donald Trump. “In the course of our [previous] conversation with Trump, we were promised to support us [on the situation in Idlib].
However, we still haven’t received any support. Apparently, we need to negotiate again. Negotiations will also be held [Turkish and American] colleagues, “Erdogan added.
On February 20, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in an interview with CNN Turk, said the United States could supply the Republic with Patriot air defense systems as support for Ankara in a situation unfolding in the Syrian province of Idlib.
Over the past few years, Ankara has been negotiating with Washington on the supply of air defense systems, but they have not been crowned with success.
According to statements by the Turkish authorities, in connection with this situation, the republic was forced to purchase S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia in order to satisfy its defense needs.