Jun 02 2018

Erdoğan urged US to deliver F-35 fighter jets

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday once again urged the United States to remain committed to a deal on the delivery of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, Milliyet newspaper reported

"We say that the US is our strategic partner. But a strategic partner should not offer us to knock on other doors. We are not interested in what the Senate said. We are only interested in one thing [the delivery of F35s], "Erdogan said during a television program. 

Erdoğan reminded that the delivery of F-35s had been agreed on during negotiations with the U.S. president Donald Trump. "If we are strategic partners, then the United States should not make any legal mistakes in this issue," Erdogan added.

The United States is set to deliver the first of 100 new F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, in spite of a U.S. Congress bill calling for a halt in weapons sales due to faltering relations between the two countries. 

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on May 30 that Ankara would knock other doors, if Washington did not allow it to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 advanced fighter jets. Pro-government daily Yeni Şafak reported on May 27 that Turkey was considering the purchase of Russian Su-57 fighter jets, in case the delivery of F-35 jets was suspended by Washington.