Turkey's PM says 'no final decision' on US missile purchase

Erdogan said Sunday Turkey would "not pay 7.8 billion USD" for the purchase of missile defense systems

Turkey's PM says 'no final decision' on US missile purchase

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday Turkey would not pay 7.8 billion USD for the purchase of missile defense systems, adding that no final decision had been made among different alternatives.

"A purchase of missiles worth of 7.8 billion USD is simply out of question. Our defense industry undersecretariat is working on the issue. No final decision has been made yet," Erdogan told reporters upon his return from his visit to the United States.

A Turkish military spokesman said earlier this month that a possible purchase of Patriot missiles from the U.S. would cost 1 billion USD, not a previously reported figure of 7.8 billion USD.

U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), a part of the U.S. Defense Department, said it had notified the Congress of the possible sale to Turkey of 13 Patriot batteries at an estimated cost around 7.8 billion USD.

"What we have on the table is in fact a planned purchase of a package of four missiles batteries at a cost of 1.3 billion USD. And these batteries are mobile not fixed," Erdogan said, adding that the purchase would not target any specific region or country.

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