Nov 20, 2019 09:33 AM IST
US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (File Picture)
Ankara, November 20: If the US stance on supply of F-35 fighter jets doesn’t change, Turkey can be compelled to “look elsewhere” to fulfill its protection requirements, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated. “If the current disagreement on F-35 fighter jets continues, Turkey must look elsewhere to meet its medium-term needs,” Erdogan stated whereas addressing his occasion members on the parliament on Tuesday.
The Turkish president was referring to his assembly final week with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Turkey wouldn’t step again from its deployment of the Russian S-400 air protection techniques, Erdogan stated. Donald Trump Ignores Impeachment to Host Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“There are efforts to turn the S-400s into a key problem of the bilateral matters. We have agreed (with Trump) to seek ways to resolve the S-400 issue through our officials we have instructed,” he acknowledged.
Turkey’s procurement of the Russian S-400 missile protection techniques prompted the Trump administration to droop Ankara from the F-35 fifth-generation joint strike fighter program in July. Russia has expressed its readiness for a possible settlement with Turkey on the sale of Russian Su-35 or Su-57 plane.