World"Pentagon holds consultations with Turkey on F-35 dispute resolution"

“Pentagon holds consultations with Turkey on F-35 dispute resolution”

AA / Washington

“The Pentagon is consulting with Turkey on the resolution of the F-35 dispute,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

The spokesman said on Monday that while President Joe Biden’s Administration remains engaged in consultations with Turkey over “a settlement of the F-35 dispute,” he will not predict the outcome. of these discussions.

“I do not want to interfere in private conversations between the Turkish and American governments, so I will stop there,” he insisted.

The United States, under former President Donald Trump, had withdrawn Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program in 2019 due to Ankara’s purchase of the Russian air defense system, S-400. According to US officials, this presented risks to the F-35s, including the possibility that Russia would secretly use the system to obtain classified details about the aircraft.

Turkey maintained that it only turned to the Russian system after the failure of protracted negotiations with the United States over the acquisition of the Patriot surface-to-air missile systems from Raytheon. Ankara had further stated that the S-400 posed no risk to the F-35.

Turkey has ordered 100 F-35 type aircraft, and its defense sector has played an important role in the development and manufacture of fifth generation stealth fighter jets.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had offered the sale of F-16 fighter jets as compensation for Turkey’s $ 1.4 billion payment for the F-35s.

* Translated from English by Alex Sinhan Bogmis

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