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US-Turkey tensions over F-16 aircraft

Washington blocks agreement due to NATO issue; Ankara looks to Russia, China, Europe

Turkey could buy non-US-made military fighter planes, in short, it could turn to other countries. The Ankara government communicated it in recent days. An announcement that aims to shake and urge the United States Congress, which has long continued to raise objections to the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

"There has been positive progress in the talks with the US Department of Defense. We know the White House supports this. We now expect Congress to make a common sense decision. We want everyone to know that we are not powerless in this dossier. We have a choice", Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in an interview with national media.

Ankara asks Washington for a "common sense" approach to the negotiations between two allied countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). America is blocking the 20 billion dollars deal until Turkey ratifies the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Cagri Erhan, adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said last week that Turkey has various options on the table, including Chinese aircraft, Russians but also the European Eurofighter.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency