The Turkish Defense Ministry assured the U.S. that it is technically ready to solve all problems on the American side regarding the compliance of S-400 and F-35 fighter jets.
Americans’ concern about the compatibility of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and the latest U.S. fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets in Turkey, the Turks themselves are ready to withdraw. In particular, the head of the Turkish Defense Ministry Hulusi Akar made a similar calming statement to Washington.
“We are technically ready to solve all the problems on the American side regarding compliance with the S-400/F-35,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter.
The head of the military department recalled that the Americans had previously suspended Turkey from the F-35 fighter program, which resulted in a number of risks. They touched both production and cost.
At the same time, the minister stressed that the security of F-35 technology is important for both Ankara and Washington.
Recall that the S-400 became a stumbling block in Turkish-American relations. Washington, under threat of sanctions, demanded that Turkey refuse to purchase Russian equipment. The formal pretext of American pressure was that the Russian S-400s are incompatible with the NATO air defense system.
Turkey responded by saying that it was a sovereign right to decide national security issues. According to Turkish politicians, NATO analogs S-400 are much more expensive and inferior in quality, and no one has provided a discount to Turkey, which is an active member of the Alliance. Therefore, the choice fell on Russian equipment. The U.S. then froze the transfer of F-35s to Turkey and halted a program to train Turkish pilots in piloting these fighter jets.