Russia Offers Turkey Expanded Defense Cooperation

Published May 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Russia offered to boost bilateral cooperation with Turkey on Friday, Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu said after talks in Ankara with visiting Russian vice-prime minister Ilya Klebanov. 

"Klebanov made a very broad-range proposal from joint production of tanks and artillery to rifles and missiles," Cakmakoglu told reporters, according to Anatolia news agency. 

"Since the issue is a technical one, we told him that we can evaluate the proposal only after it is officially conveyed to us," the minister said, declining to give further details. 

Klebanov's visit comes as Russian arms company Kamov bids for a four-billion-dollar Turkish tender for 145 attack helicopters in a joint venture with Israeli Aircraft Industries. 

Italy's Agusta and Bell Helicopter-Textron of the United States are the other two companies on Ankara's shortlist. 

Earlier in the day, Klebanov met with Turkey's newly inaugurated President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and conveyed him a message from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. 

There was no official statement on the content of the message - ANKARA (AFP) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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