Erdogan says talks under way with US to buy F-16s

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey was in talks with the United States to buy F-16 fighter jets after it was kicked off the F-35 programme for purchasing a Russian missile defence system.

Washington excluded Ankara from NATO’s F-35 stealth fighter jet programme in 2019 after Turkey purchased Russian S-400 defence air systems in defiance of warnings from its Western allies.

The acquisition has imperilled Turkish-US relations and blocked Turkey’s plans to purchase about 100 of the F-35 fighters.

Turkey is now seeking compensation for its ouster from the US-led programme, including for a $1.4 billion payment it had made before its removal.—AFP

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