Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was "robbery" for the United States to refuse Turkey its purchased F-35 fighter aircraft, as published in Turkish media.
"If you have a customer and this customer is paying like clockwork, how can you not give the customer his goods? The name for that would be robbery," the national newspaper Hurriyet Erdogan quoted on Thursday as saying . When Turkey faces potential US sanctions for buying the Russian S-400 missile system,
said that Turkey has so far received $ 1.4 billion 35 and the four jets had been handed over when Turkish pilots went to training in the US.
"We have reached an agreement to buy 1
The aircraft are currently in the US and so The training that was offered to the Turkish pilots was aborted because of tension between the Allies
After Erdogan met with US President Donald Trump last weekend in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit, he said that Ankara would be spared any harmful sanctions in Washington once the Russian air defense system S-400 was deployed in Turkey arrived in the coming days.
US officials told Reuters, however, that the government intends to impose sanctions on Turkey and remove them from the F-35 fighter jet program if they expect to take over the Russian S-400 system.
The United States has consistently and clearly stated that Turkey will have very real and negative consequences if it continues its S-400 acquisition, including the suspension of sourcing and industrial participation in the F-35 program and the Danger of sanctions in the framework of the Sanctions Act against America's opponents [CAATSA]"said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.
Turkey's S-400 purchase has raised eyebrows among Turkey's NATO allies and provoked rage Washington, which expected Ankara to opt for the US Patriot air defense system instead. Ankara says the supply has come too late and Russia's S-400 supply is far better than the US offer.
] In his speech in Japan last week, Trump made former President Barack Obama for the failure of Reg responsible for helping Turkey acquire the US alternative to the S-400 system.
"He was treated very unfairly," said Trump.
If the US deletes Turkey from the F-35 program and imposes sanctions On the NATO allies, this would be one of the most significant breaches in recent history in the relationship between the two nations.
Trump, who has shown a relationship with Erdogan, could still try to change course by seeking an exemption and postponing sanctions. Such a move would appeal to Ankara, but anger some of Trump's allies in the US Congress.
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