Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said, “There is the threat of air strikes and missiles against our country; there could be Patriot support.”
Even though the kingdom’s possible purchase of missile systems from Moscow has been in the works for a few years, the country has not finalised a deal with Russia’s President Putin.
A total of 18 Assad regime army members were captured during search activities southeast of Ras al Ayn, north Syria, in the area of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring.
Turkey seeks to have an integrated and complex layered air and missile defence system, which will be developed and built up both by national and foreign firms.
Rouhani was speaking by phone to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as Tehran and Washington engaged in an escalating war of words following Iran shooting down a US drone last week.
Turkey's Treasury and Finance Ministry said, "we sadly see that very positive developments are being ignored," in response to Moody's move to downgrade Turkey's rating.
Washington says it will no longer train Turkish pilots on F-35 fighter jet following Ankara's decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile defence system.
US depends on allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to counter Iranian influence. In April, the US moved ahead with part of a THAAD missile defence system sale to the kingdom.
Israel's latest operation has led to rumours of another war, but outside of rhetoric, it doesn't look like either side is ready to stomach such a conflict.
Washington plans to create an army from outlawed YPG militants to win some influence in northern Syria. But that has antagonised Turkey and undermined Syria's territorial integrity.
Pentagon says the intended sale will further US national security and foreign policy interests in the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other threats.
President Erdogan says that he and his Russian counterpart will see the missile deal through; and first deposit has reportedly been paid.
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