The meeting between representatives of the US and Turkish defense ministries to resolve differences over Ankara’s participation in the F-35 fifth generation fighter program was extremely productive. This was at a daily briefing at the Pentagon said the spokesman for the US Department of Defense John Kirby.
The negotiations of the delegations were held on October 28 in the capital of Turkey, Ankara.
“I would not characterize this (the situation around Turkey’s participation in the program) as a disagreement. It was a discussion about the completion of Turkey’s exit from the program (F-35) and what this means for the future of bilateral relations. So it was a very productive meeting, ”Kirby said in response to a related question from an AA correspondent.
Kirby stressed that Turkey remains a valuable NATO ally with whom the United States has many interests in common. “We want to continue to work with Turkey on common security interests regarding the alliance,” he said.
According to him, the United States intends to make efforts for close cooperation with Turkey on a bilateral basis.
Regarding Turkey’s request for the transfer of F-16 fighters to it, Kirby noted that this is important not only for the national security of this country, but also for the security of the entire NATO bloc.
“It is important to discuss with Turkey how to move forward in the context of bilateral relations and in terms of the security of our alliance (NATO), and we will continue to do so,” he added.
The Pentagon spokesman did not answer the question about a possible Turkish operation against the YPG / PKK terrorist organization in northern Syria. Kirby only noted that the United States continues to cooperate with the YPG / PKK, which operates in Syria under the guise of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to him, this interaction is of a specific nature and is carried out only within the framework of the fight against the terrorist organization DEASH.
The Anadolu Agency’s website publishes in a shortened form . .(HAS).