Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that the Pentagon "will not extend the deployment period on the Turkish territory of the Patriot air defense system after the end of the current mission in October of this year."
Carter explained to reporters:
“The decision to withdraw the Patriots from Turkey was made a few months ago in order to return them for modernization. There remain the "Patriots" of other NATO countries. I have been discussing with the Spanish Minister of Defense for the last couple of days. The Spaniards intend to leave their “Patriot” in Turkey, so the Patriot complexes will remain there. ”