BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu stated on Monday that the U.S.’ hesitancy to sell the F-35 fighter jets has caused friction between the two NATO nations.
“There really is tension between Ankara and Washington over a contract for the delivery of fifth generation fighters, but do not forget that Turkey, even before the contract with Russia, discussed the issue of air defense procurement with its ally,” Cavusoglu stated.
“The US Washington refused to sell them to us. If they are ready to sell such systems to Turkey today, we are ready to buy them,” Cavusoglu said at a meeting organized by the Turkish-American National Coordinating Committee (TASC), as quoted by Anadolu Agency.
Earlier, the representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy stated that the S-400 is necessary for Turkey to solve short-term air defense tasks, for medium and long-term tasks.
Ankara continues to negotiate with the US on the purchase of the Patriot missile system.