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US says it has begun talks with Turkey amid concern about defense deal with Chinese company
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:15 PM EDT
The U.S. says it has begun consultations with Turkey as Ankara considers a deal for a missile defense system with a Chinese company sanctioned by the U.S.
The issue has become a source of tension between Turkey and NATO allies, since Turkey announced last month that it had chosen China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp. to build an air defense system, surprising U.S. and European firms vying for the bid.
Ricciardone emphasized that Turkey had a right to make a deal, but said the U.S. wants "to make sure that the full facts are taken into due consideration."