After Turkey gave the green light to Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership yesterday, US President Joe Biden It was reported that the administration supported the possible sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.
Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), told reporters that Turkey’s strong defense capabilities will strengthen NATO’s defense.The US supports the modernization of Turkey’s war fleet because it is a contribution to NATO security and therefore to US security.” said.
Noting that the process regarding the sale of the fighter jets in question continues, Wallander stated that the said sale must go through the necessary legal process.
“USA DID NOT OFFER ANYTHING TO TURKEY”
A senior Biden administration official, on the other hand, stated that the USA did not offer anything to Turkey as part of the agreement it made with Finland and Sweden, adding that the USA did not make any demands from Turkey. The official also stated that the ongoing technical negotiations with the US officials regarding Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 fighter jets are continuing.
THE US FOREIGN DEPARTMENT SENT A LETTER TO THE CONGRESS
In October last year, Turkey made a request from the USA that it wanted to purchase 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for existing warplanes. Last March, the US State Department sent a letter to the US Congress regarding the sale of the F-16 and it was stated that the said sale was in line with US interests.