Turkey has reached "certain clarity" on the decision for a tender on its long-range missile defense system, Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) head ?smail Demir has said.
"We are reviewing several parameters. We want to make a decision without a further extension," he said, speaking at a Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) panel on Oct. 26.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Wednesday that the anti-missile system which is to be installed at the Deveselu military base in southern Romania does not violate the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, as Russia has claimed.
Ponta argued that there was no violation of the treaty "because the anti-missile system is a defence system".
The U.S. will send an additional anti-missile Aegis-equipped ship to the Mediterranean this fall to defend Turkey and other NATO allies against ballistic missile threats, U.S. Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Pamela Rawe told Anadolu Agency on Aug. 19.
"The U.S. is committed to the defense of our NATO allies, which includes Turkey," Rawe said.
The United States announced on Aug. 16 that it had informed the Turkish government that the U.S. deployment of Patriot air and missile defense units in Turkey, which expires in October, will not be renewed. The announcement came one day after Germany also said it would pull its Patriot missile batteries from southern Turkey.