Ankara continues to make payments under the agreement on the supply of Turkey to US fighters
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expects to hold talks with his American counterpart, Donald Trump, next month, during which he wants to come to a concrete decision on the supply of fifth-generation F-35 fighters. This was announced on Monday by the Turkish leader himself at the airport in Ankara before flying to Serbia. The broadcast of his speech was conducted by NTV.
вЂњWith a high degree of probability in the first half of next month, we will pay a visit to Washington. We will have the opportunity to discuss (with Trump) bilateral relations and the development of events in the region. We will also have a topic with F-35 on the agenda of our negotiations, this is a protracted process. I would like to come to some kind of decision during our negotiations, вЂњhe stressed.
Erdogan recalled that Ankara continues to вЂњmake payments under the contractвЂќ for the supply of Turkish American fighters. вЂњWe do not interrupt our payments. We have already paid 1.4 billion dollars. In this regard, we will discuss this topic,вЂќ the president added.
On July 17, a White House spokeswoman in a written statement said that TurkeyвЂ™s decision to acquire Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems made it impossible for her to continue participating in the fifth-generation F-35 American fighter-bombers program. Ankara planned to purchase 100 aircraft and produced part of the equipment, avionics and fuselage elements for this machine. It was also reported that U.S. President Donald Trump has banned selling Turkey F-35s over already signed contracts.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in turn, said that Turkey would turn to other countries for the purchase of fighters if the US did not sell her F-35 aircraft. Erdogan noted that Turkey may also reconsider the acquisition of an improved aircraft of the American company Boeing.