外文标题：Turkish move on China missile deal not final: official
DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of the Turkish air force said on Saturday his country’s decision to buy a $3.4 billion missile defense system from a Chinese company was not final, and could still change.
General Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish Air Force, also said he did not see any linkage between Turkey’s interest in buying F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp and the missile defense procurement process.
Asked at a global gathering of air chiefs about U.S. concerns that the Chinese system would not be interoperable with those of NATO members, Ozturk said, “This is not the last position of Turkey. It may change.”
Ozturk told the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference that he was not authorized to speak more broadly about Turkey’s announcement in September that it planned to buy a missile defense system from a Chinese firm facing under U.S. sanctions.
Turkey announced in September it had chosen China’s FD-2000 long-range air and missile defense system against rival offers from Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T and Raytheon.
It said China offered the most competitive terms and would allow co-production in Turkey, but the decision caused alarm in NATO countries worried about China’s growing clout.
Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. government officials raised concerns after Ankara’s choice of the missile defense system built by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, a firm that is under U.S. sanctions for violating the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
Ozturk told Reuters after his speech at the conference that he did not see any link between a pending decision on Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter program, involving Lockheed Martin Corp , and the missile procurement.
He said Turkey was poised to decided in December or January whether to proceed with an initial purchase of two F-35 fighter jets, but the exact date had not been set.
If they decide to go with the Chinese system,, We need to pull out every thing thats ours, including all the technology involved
Absolutely and then see where you stand—-there is a limit to being a ‘stupid american’.
This is the same country that just ask NATO to send more Patriot systems to their country. Throw them out of NATO and let the Chinese protect these ungrateful people.
Way to go Obama, you have shown how deep people around the world that were our strongest supports are now running away from our country and even turning to the Chinese technology where we once were considered number one. You must be proud you POS.
Nato missile are make by Israel/jews in USA name,
turkey are using china’s weapons to contain jewsyndrome [turkey and china are common enemy of Israel/jews].
Jews have betray china many times in history.
Don’t know what racist neo#$%$ hole you crawled out of, but China has historically had close relations with Israel and Jews. Shanghai hosted one of the largest Jewish refugee communities during the Holocaust and Jews have been in China for hundreds of years.
What if they went to Chinese system and turned out the missile are better than Patriot??
Its time to consider whether Turkey, under its current leadership, is no longer compatible with membership in NATO.
It should be made clear that the world can only buy weapons from US! Make it an international law!
Turkey is using the missile deal as a leverage to further the discussion on joining the EU. Let them get the Chinese technology and isolate their systems from the rest of the NATO systems, and let the future decide if Turkey made the right call…
I hope they buy the Chinese system and it will fall apart. Keep in mind there are a lot of countries seeking ties with other countries as they have real concerns about lack of US leadership in the world. Can we count on the USA anymore and just look at the last 8 months to understand the Q
China’s FD-2000 is basically the Patriot missile system that was sold by Israel to China that was made by the US
China and Russia are Israel’s top 2 export markets and Israel is well known theft of US secrets.
Obama has isolated ever friend we had in the world intentionally it appears. Part of the Thugocracy.