Surprising many in the West, Turkey has selected a Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions to build its long-range air and missile defense system (T-Loramid) with low cost and possibility of a technology transfer.
Downplaying Western concerns
Turkey clearly doesn’t want to pivot away from NATO to China and views the defense deal as probably a significant chance to learn know-how of the missile production.Mahir Zeynalov
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said last week that what is important for NATO is that the “system acquired by the individual country ... must be able to work and operate with the systems in other countries. I expect that Turkey will also comply with that."