UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — NATO refrained from commenting on Turkey’s interest in Russian fighters, redirecting the issue to Ankara.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that Moscow and Ankara are negotiating the supply of Russian Su-57 fighters. According to him, if Washington does not change its position on the supply of Turkey with F-35 fighters, Ankara will “look for a way out of this situation.”
“On this issue, we would refer you to the Turkish authorities,” an authorized alliance official said on Friday at RIA , responding to a request to comment on Ankara’s statements and clarify whether the alliance is worrying.
Erdogan visited the MAKS-2019 air show in the Moscow Region last Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was reported that he became interested in the Russian Su-35 and Su-57 fighters, this topic was also discussed during negotiations with the Russian leader.
Turkey’s purchase of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems has already provoked friction in relations between Turkey and the United States: Washington demanded to abandon the deal and purchase their Patriot systems in exchange.
In the event of a refusal, Washington did not rule out the possibility of delaying or even canceling the sale of Ankara’s latest F-35 fighters, but Turkey refused to make concessions. Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program has since been curtailed.
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