Erdogan also said he would not back down from a deal with Russia to acquire the S-400 advanced missile defense system. It was this agreement that led to Turkey being kicked out of the international program that produces the F-35 fighter jet.
Erdogan said he hoped to meet Biden at the G-20 meeting in Rome to discuss the F-35 project, including the $1.4 billion payment Turkey had made before being kicked out of the program. The meeting could also take place on the sidelines of the climate conference next November in Glasgow, Scotland.
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“We made a $1.4 billion payment, what will happen to that?” Erdoan said.
“We don’t – and don’t – get this money easily. Either they will give us our plane or they will give us money.” AP, Friday (1/10/2021).
Asked about Turkey’s plans to purchase additional S-400 systems despite the threat of further US sanctions, Erdogan replied: “The S-400 process continues. There is no turning back.”
Erdogan’s remarks were reported by Turkey’s private news channel NTV and other media.
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