Current issues concerning the Turkic world and areas of cooperation were discussed in detail during the 2022 Organization of Turkic States summit, Türkiye's President Erdogan said.
The selection of the F-35 by the Swiss government in June 2021 sparked some controversy, particularly in light of the cost-overruns of the fighter programme in the United States.
The decision to halt deliveries was made after it came to light that pump in F-35’s turbomachine includes part with metal sourced from China.
Ankara’s leadership has shown prudence and deft diplomacy in sidestepping Athens’ provocations. It’s now time for the Mitsotakis government to adopt a pacifist agenda.
Biden administration asks US Congress to authorise F-16 fighter jet sale to Türkiye which would pave the way to repair ties between both countries.
Several key lawmakers who were instrumental in Ankara's removal from F-35 programme are now potentially inclined to approve the sale of 40 F-16 fighters and 80 kits to modernise Ankara's existing fleet, according to Defense News website.
"Turkish people no longer take seriously any informal pledge by the West to supply the Patriot," says the country's Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun.
Any significant shift toward the United States as a supplier is likely to trigger a backlash from Europe's fragmented defence industry.
Turkey’s defence officials are in negotiations with US counterparts over remaining issues of its removal from the F-35 joint fighter jets programme for which Ankara had paid $1.4 billion.
Ankara and Washington have engaged in series of negotiations to improve Ankara's aircraft fleet following a compensation of $1.4 billion after Washington removed the country from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Turkey's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, addressed the unlawful nature of Turkey's exclusion from the F-35 programme, while highlighting the exceptions to the role made for other nations who purchased the S-400.
The two leaders discussed several issues including Turkey's removal from the F-35 programme in 2019.
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