Turkey has no plans to leave the NATO military alliance but is seeking cooperation with non-NATO countries on defence equipment and intelligence-sharing, the country's foreign minister told Germany's top-selling newspaper on Monday.
"A Turkish exit (from NATO) has been raised by people in anti-Turkish circles, not by us. We are one of NATO's biggest supporters," Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Bild newspaper.
"However, it is clear that we have to cooperate with other partners on the acquisition and sale of weapons systems. There are NATO partners that refuse to sell us air defence systems and cooperate with us on information exchange," Cavusolgu told Bild.
Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to reset relations with Moscow after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet in November near the border with Syria.