Despite the tense relationship, Erdogan “bargains” Macron over an arms deal – Erm News

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Despite the strained relationship .. Erdogan "Compromises"...



Turkish officials revealed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to facilitate Ankaras purchase of European-made air defense systems, during their last call.

Turkish officials revealed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to facilitate Ankaras purchase of European-made air defense systems, during their last call.

Bloomberg quoted Turkish officials, who asked not to be named, that Erdogan’s phone conversation with Macron last Tuesday was aimed at for the French president to give up his opposition to the joint production of SAMP / T missile defense systems.

Macron responded by saying that Turkey should clarify its goals in Syria, before considering the deployment of European-made systems, according to an Elysee official, who also requested that his name not be published, after his statement to “Bloomberg”.

Bargaining in tense relationships

This “compromise” comes at a time when the French President stands by Greece and Cyprus in their territorial disputes with Turkey over the maritime borders between them, in the eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan’s call with Macron took place when Turkey and Greece announced their agreement to resume talks.

Turkey’s previous purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system has led to a painful test of relations with its NATO allies, including the United States, which says, its deployment could help Moscow collect important intelligence information on Western military projects, including The most advanced US warplanes.

Ankara has yet to activate the Russian missile battery that was delivered last year, and Moscow has proposed joint production as part of a possible second contract that Turkey has been trading for nearly a year.

Turkey says it needs an advanced air defense system, and was forced to buy from Russia; Because its allies will not fulfill its defense needs, according to Turkish conditions.

The United States had rejected Turkey’s request to transfer the technology as part of any deal to purchase American Patriot missiles.

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