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The suspension of deliveries of combat aircraft to Turkey by the United States has been a point of tension between the two countries since 2019. But things are moving forward… The Turkish delegation is visiting Washington on Monday, August 15th.
With our correspondent in Istanbul, Celine Pierre-Magnani
The field of negotiations promises to be limited for the Turkish delegation heading to Washington on Monday. Turkey continues to fight for 40 F-16 fighter jets ordered to replenish its fleet.
But since 2019, the record has been on the decline. Ankara really made a choice in favor of buying a Russian air defense system, the famous S-400. An initiative that didn’t sit well with Washington, which halted deliveries of the originally ordered F-35s. And since then, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan multiply arm wrestling force the United States to surrender.
Conditions requested by Congress
President Biden called for the delivery of aircraft in June, when from the NATO summit, but its implementation will depend on the decision of the US Congress. The senators are indeed demanding that Turkey pledge not to use aircraft in Greek airspace.
The Turkish Defense Ministry has already said it cannot accept the condition put forward by US elected officials. For now, it seems only the intervention of the Biden administration can make a difference.
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