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 Turkey will look for alternate option if it can’t acquire Patriots, F-35s: Turkish FM
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Turkey will look for alternate option if it can’t acquire Patriots, F-35s: Turkish FM

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Ankara, Apr 10: Turkey's foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday said that if the US won't sell Patriots missile defence systems, F-35 jets to Turkey then it will look for an alternative option and may expand their planned purchase of Russian air defence systems.
The Foreign minister said " Some member states of NATO have S-300s. Having an air defence systems does not contradict with the NATO membership.
He also said Turkey had not received a positive response from Washington over its proposal to form a joint working group to look into Ankara's planned purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence systems, Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Şafak reported.
Rebuffing US threats to cancel a deal for F-35 jets if the S-400s are delivered, Çavuşoğlu said in the absence of F-35s, Turkey could buy fighters jets from another source until it is able to produce its own.
Washington has balked at Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system, and last week suspended delivery of parts and services for the F-35s.
US officials have suggested Turkey buy the US Patriot missile system rather than the S-400, arguing it is incompatible with NATO systems and would expose the F-35 to possible Russian subterfuge.
Turkey has responded that it was the US refusal to sell it Patriots that led it to seek other sellers, adding that Russia offered it a better deal, including technology transfers. UNI