Turkey ‘continuing talks’ with US over F-35 payment, F-16 purchase

Negotiations between Turkey and the United States have been continuing on Ankara’s purchase of Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and modernization kits to upgrade its existing warplanes, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday.

The statements by the president came as a confirmation on earlier reports that claimed Turkey is set to acquire 40 new F-16V Block 70 aircraft and nearly 80 kits to modernize its F-16 fighters.

Erdoğan, however, stressed that this purchase cannot be separated from the “F-35 issue” – the stealth fighter jet project from which Turkey was expelled.

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Erdoğan is also expected to hold a meeting regarding the purchase with U.S. President Joe Biden at the upcoming global G-20 summit….