This was told to Reuters by the spokesman of the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalyn.
“As one of the most important countries on the NATO line, we will certainly provide this integration and compliance,” – he said on Monday.
Earlier on Friday, February 20, Reuters reported, citing a statement of the Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, that the missile defense system created in Turkey will not be integrated into the NATO.
Later in the day, however, the country’s Defense Ministry spokesman reported that the final decision on the creation of a missile defense system has still not been made.
Moscow, in turn, said that the missile defense system created by Turkey does not threaten the nuclear forces of the Russian Federation, but it can impact the balance in the region. This was told to RIA Novosti by a diplomatic source in the Russian capital.
According to him, “we are likely talking about a purely national system designed for national defense in the subregional context”. “The planned purchase of Chinese-made systems can intercept tactical ballistic missiles within a radius of 15 to 25-30 kilometers. No hypothetical threat to Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces can come from this system, but in a regional context, most likely, such system, after it has been established, will impact the balance of power in the region,”- said the source.
Development of Turkish missile defense system is being carried out with the assistance of China, which in 2013 won the tender to supply Turkey with anti-aircraft missile systems of medium and long range. As the result, Turkey will acquire at least 12 sets (divisions) of the anti-aircraft missile system (AAMS) HQ-9, developed and produced by the so-called “Second Academy” of the Chinese State Corporation China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).
HQ-9 is a Chinese analogue of the Soviet / Russian line of AAMS S-300P. Several sources noted that the development of HQ-9 could be the result of cooperation between Chinese and Russian companies.
Other bidders in the tender were represented by the alliance of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin AAMS Patriot, represented by the European consortium Eurosam AAMS SAMP / T and represented by Rosoboronexport AAMS S-300VM “Antey-2500”.
NATO officials have repeatedly warned Turkey against choosing the Russian or Chinese bids, explaining it by potential problems of integration of “non-Western” systems into a unified air defense system of NATO.