Turkey may start looking for other sources of acquisition of fighter jets, or produce them itself, the Turkish president said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the United States either complete deliveries of fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers or return the money already paid to Ankara under the contract. The Turkish leader told reporters, reportsTop-News on Wednesday, January 29, “They will either give us our planes or money,” Erdogan said, without specifying how much was paid by Turkey for the F-35.
He reminded that the deal on Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems has been completed, and its revision is not a topic of conversation for Ankara.
The President added that if the U.S. does not change the line of conduct with regard to the F-35, Turkey will either look for other sources of acquisition of fighter jets or produce them itself.
Recall, the U.S. actively opposed the deal Ankara and Moscow and offered to buy in return S-400 Patriot complexes. However, deliveries of Russian S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey began on July 12, 2019.
As a result, Washington excluded Turkey from the program of production and acquisition of F-35 fighter jets. And the Pentagon said that Turkey will lose about $9 billion from the exclusion from the F-35 program