As a good obedient child, he will receive an “award” for his sacrifice after Washington has approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Istanbul, reports a certain source
Menendez’s anti-Turkish statements and complacency that Congress will not give Turkey F-16s are good, but let’s not be surprised…
Turkey wanted to block the entry of the two Nordic countries into NATO due to the alleged lack of control of Kurdish terrorism, writes thedailyreports.com, and suggests that in order to remove the objections, it is receiving 40 F-16s.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, was the protagonist of one of the big decisions of this NATO meeting: he reconsidered his position and lifted his veto on the entry of Sweden and Finland into the transatlantic alliance. As a good obedient child, he will receive an “award” for his sacrifice, after Washington has approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Istanbul, the outlet reports.
Celeste Wallander, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for international security, told reporters that increasing Turkey’s defense capabilities would strengthen NATO’s security.
Erdogan and US President Joe Biden met in Madrid a few hours after the Turkey-Sweden-Finland deal was closed. Part of the agreement includes a commitment by the two Nordic countries to control support for Kurdish terrorism in their countries.
Erdogan has sought to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO in a bid to demonstrate Turkey’s power within the alliance and pressure all member states to take more seriously the threat of Kurdish terrorism on its southernmost borders.
But as a reward for the perfect retreat, Biden ordered his officers to help modernize the Turkish air force. He also thanked Erdogan for his help in trying to free up grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. According to the strategy drawn up by the two countries, 25,000 tons of grain are expected to leave Ukrainian ports accompanied by Turkish ships.
Last October, Turkey ordered 40 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets and 80 modernization kits for the planes it already has. But Washington made the sale more difficult, imposing long and complicated legal procedures.
Although Turkey already enjoys the support of the Biden administration, the US Congress will have the final say on this somewhat controversial sale, as Istanbul recently bought a Russian-branded anti-aircraft system, which many US senators see as incompatible with its accession. in NATO.