“Bloomberg” agency reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to agree to supply Ankara with a modern European defense system.
On Friday, the agency quoted Turkish officials familiar with the matter as saying that Erdogan, in a phone call that took place last Tuesday between him and Macron, asked the French president to abandon his opposition to cooperation with Ankara in the production of the SAMP / T defense system manufactured by the European company “Eurosam”.
An official at the Elysee Palace confirmed to the agency that Macron responded to this request by saying that Turkey should clarify its objectives in Syria before examining the possibility of exporting European defense systems to it.
Ankara has negotiated with Paris in recent years about the possibility of Turkey’s participation in the production of the advanced European missile system and the deployment of these missiles on its territory.
The news comes against the backdrop of recent differences between Turkey and France due to the military escalation in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey last year acquired several batteries from Russia’s advanced S-400 missile system, despite strong US opposition to this decade.