Turkey’s decision to negotiate the purchase of air defense with China has caused tension in Turkish-American relations.
As the reporters now salting U.S. in Ankara Francis Richchiardone America concerned with this situation.
«We are very concerned about the prospect of signing an agreement with the Chinese company, which is under sanctions. Although it is a commercial decision, and the sovereign right of Turkey, we are still concerned about how this affects the allied air defense «- said salting, referring to defense NATO allies. Richchiardone noted that the Chinese «company for import and export of clear engineering» (CPMIEC), which became the winner of the tender for the supply of systems to Turkey is under U.S. sanctions for the violation of international law. Washington has previously expressed claims to Ankara about purchasing centers in China, indicating that they are not standardized with NATO weapons. Meanwhile, the management of Turkey stated that the tender has not been completed, ITAR-TASS reported.
According to the rules adopted in Turkey bidding, the Secretariat of the defense industry (SOP) Turkey September 26 decided to introduce the so-called «short-list» (small skpisok bidders) three companies: Chinese CPMIEC, offer far SAM acts FD-2000, South American » Raytheon «with SAM» Patriot «and Italian-French concern» Evros »(Eurosam) air defense system with SAMP / T. Then Turkey will start negotiations with China on the criteria of the transaction. With all this, if the parties fail to obtain the conditions, then the negotiations will continue with subsequent tenderer made to «short-list».