Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that he intends to demand compensation from the US for excluding his country from the F-35 fighter program, informs AP.
During the flight back to Turkey after meeting in Russia with Vladimir Putin, Erdogan told reporters that he plans to hold a meeting with his American counterpart Joe Biden in late October in Rome as part of the G20 summit. The Turkish head of state indicated that at that meeting he will discuss the F-35 project, including the reimbursement of $ 1.4 billion that Ankara had subscribed to that program before being expelled from it.
“We made a payment of 1.4 billion dollars, what will happen to that?” Erdogan asked. “They will give us our planes or our money, “he added. In addition, he emphasized that his government will not back down on its agreement with Russia for the acquisition of advanced S-400 missile defense systems. This agreement led to the exclusion of NATO member Turkey from the US stealth fighter program and the imposition of sanctions by Washington.
The US categorically objects to the use of Russian anti-missile systems by members of the Atlantic Alliance, claiming that they represent a security threat of the F-35s. For its part, the Turkish side maintains that the S-400 complexes could be used independently without integrating them into NATO systems, so they would not represent any risk.
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