World Turkey: the country in talks with the United States About F-16

19:10  17 october  2021
19:10  17 october  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The Announcement was made Sunday 17 October, by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . According to him, his country is currently in talks with the United States, about the acquisition of F-16 combat aircraft. Namely that Turkey had previously been excluded from the US F-35 combat aircraft program in 2019, after buying Russian anti-aircraft defense systems S-400. As a reminder, when it was a partner of the American stealthy aircraft program, Turkey agreed to acquire a hundred.

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"We raised this question in our interviews. We attach importance to dialogue to find a solution to this problem, "said Journalists Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday at an Istanbul airport, before flying for a tour in Africa. The Turkey Purchase Project F-16 is "Of course linked to the problem of F-35," he said, stating that the United States had proposed to Turkey to sell F- 16 to modernize his aerial fleet.

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"We said that we would take all necessary measures to meet the defense needs of our country," continued receP Tayyip Erdogan, adding that Turkey worked at The modernization of its fleet of war aircraft. A sale of F-16s by the United States should, however, be approved by the US Congress in which hostility with regard to Turkey is progressing.

last month, Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that Turkey still had the project to acquire a second batch of Russian Anti-Differential Defense Systems, which led to a new warning of the United States concerning The risks of a new deterioration of their bilateral relations.

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