President: Turkey's security interests are paramount

Turkey's interests will be above all in the matter of creating long range missiles, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, Anadolu agency reported on Thursday.


According to him, Turkey takes the opinion of its allies into account, but there is nothing illegal in the actions of the country.


Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey's actions on the creation of such missiles are legitimate. The country does not consider NATO's statement on the issue important.


It was earlier reported that an agreement on building long-range missiles will be signed with China in late 2013.


It was announced at a meeting of the Turkish Defence Industry Executive Committee on September 2013 that the Chinese CPMIEC company won the tender for the creation of long range missiles in Turkey.


It was also reported that these missiles will be created by the Chinese company in cooperation with Turkish companies.


A meeting of the executive committee of the Turkish defence industry was chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the participation of the head of the Turkish General Staff Necdet Ozel, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz and Deputy Minister of the Defence Industry Murad Bayar.


Moreover, it is reported that the U.S. authorities informed Turkey of their concerns about the country's intentions to cooperate with China in the creation of missile defence systems.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the priority for Ankara is to create the missiles in the country.


The Turkish defence industry has recently focused on developing and manufacturing its own products. Turkey managed to achieve a self-sufficiency level at 54 per cent in the defence industry.