President Erdogan stated he hopes the Biden administration will transfer to resolve tensions between Ankara and Washington over the acquisition of a Russian missile system. The US halted supply of F-35s to Turkey in response to the deal.
“We don’t know what the Biden administration will say at this stage [about the S-400s],” Erdogan stated on Friday, whereas repeating Ankara’s want to buy extra items of the Russian-developed air protection system.
“My hope is that, after we maintain talks with [Joe] Biden as he takes workplace, we are going to take far more constructive steps and put these again on monitor.”
Erdogan additionally reiterated his hopes that the incoming US president may restore Turkey to the F-35 fighter jet program: “Regardless of having paid a critical price on the F-35s, the F-35s nonetheless haven’t been given to us. It is a critical mistaken the US did towards us as a NATO ally.”
Ankara’s buy of the S-400s turned a serious bone of competition for its NATO ally. In 2019, the Trump administration kicked Turkey off its F-35 fighter jet program, citing safety considerations. Washington acknowledged: “The F-35 can’t coexist with a Russian intelligence assortment platform that will likely be used to find out about its superior capabilities.”
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Erdogan has beforehand described the choice to drop Ankara from Washington’s F-35 program as “theft”, and Turkey has dismissed the considerations cited by the US as unreasonable.
The Turkish chief has beforehand stated that Ankara already paid $1.4bn, however solely 4 jets have been handed over. Individually, they price between $80-110 million.
Regardless of the US withholding supply of the majority of the order, the Pentagon confirmed final summer season that a lot of F-35 elements would proceed to be in-built Turkey for the subsequent two years.
In December, Washington slapped sanctions on the Turkish protection trade and referred to as on Ankara to “resolve the S-400 downside instantly.”
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On Thursday, Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar reaffirmed Turkey’s want to purchase extra S-400s however urged the US to not threaten extra sanctions over the deal.
“It’s a very problematic scenario to show again from the purpose now we have come to. We invite [Washington] to distance themselves from threatening language akin to sanctions,” Akar instructed journalists in Ankara.
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