- President Donald Trump is said to have advised Turkey not to invade northeastern Syria and offered to resume the sale of the fifth-generation US aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35. To other benefits and a presidential visit a senior official, according to a Washington Post report released Wednesday.
- The alleged offer marks a departure from the US policy of not including Turkey in its flagship F-35 program from July.
- The US granted F-35 contracts to several allies, including Britain and South Korea, but withdrew Turkey from the list when it bought Russia's advanced S-400 air defense systems.
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In a phone called between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the US president has reportedly advised Turkey not to invade Northeast Syria and offered to resume US sales. The fifth-generation plane, the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Trump offered Erdogan "a really good package," along with other benefits and a presidential visit, a senior State Department official told Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin.
Erdogan is due to visit the White House in November.
Trump made the decision to withdraw about 1
Turkey has long cited the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as terrorist threats linked to the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK). The PPK is a rebel group based in Turkey that has been classified by the US and Turkey as a terrorist organization.
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F-35 or the Russian S-400
Trump's alleged offer to Erdogan marks a departure from the US policy of not including Turkey in its flagship F-35 program from July. The US has awarded F-35 contracts to several allies, including Britain and South Korea, but Turkey has been removed from the list when it bought Russia's advanced S-400 air defense systems.
"The F-35 Can not Coexist with a Russian Secret Service" Turkey has been a longtime and trusted partner and NATO ally for over 65 years, but accepts the 400 undermine the obligations that all NATO allies have entered into "This will be detrimental to Turkey's interoperability with the Alliance."
Turkey, which produced over 900 parts for the F-35, was removed from the Russian system Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, has announced plans to sell 100 F-35As by March 2020.
The US has also announced its bid for 3.5 billion dollars Patriot missile system withdrawn, as Turkey has bought the Russian S-400.
Turkish officials protested against the expulsions and described them as "mistakes, d he would open irreparable wounds. "
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Despite warnings from Congress, Trump sympathized with Turkey and signaled the resumption of supplies from F-35. After the countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Turkey is subject to US sanctions through the purchase of Russian military equipment.
"It is a very difficult situation in which they are located, and it is a very difficult situation in which we were brought to the United States," Trump told reporters in July. "We'll see what happens, but it's not really fair."
"Due to the fact that you bought a Russian rocket, we can not sell you billions of dollars worth of aircraft," he added. "It's not a fair situation."