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Erdogan rebukes US refusal to deliver F-35 jets to Turkey
Erdogan criticized the double standards of US policy in the region
By News Desk - August 31 2022
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is capable of producing every product it is denied access to, criticizing the US for blocking the sale of F-35 jets to Ankara over purchasing S-400 air defense systems, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

Quoting Erdogan, the Anadolu Agency said on 30 August, “We wonder how the United States will respond to Greece activating the S-300 systems in front of the NATO air forces.”

Erdogan condemned the double standards of US policy in dealing with Turkey’s import of heavy weapons in a speech at the Presidential Complex in Ankara.

“They [US] refrained from delivering F-35 fighters and expressed their dissatisfaction with our purchase of (Russian) air defense systems. We do not care what they say, and we can manufacture any product they ban,” President Erdogan said.

The Turkish president stated that the US facilitated the presence of these jets along with the Russian air defense systems in a single military formation.

Erdogan accused Greece of tracking Turkish warplanes with its S-300 air defense system, calling it a “hostile act” which defies NATO and its allies.

However, Greece denied these accusations.

President Erdogan pointed out, “Greece is not a match for Turkey, politically, economically, and militarily.”

Last week, Anadolu Agency claimed that Turkish jets were “harassed” by the Greek air defense system stationed on the island of Crete while flying in international airspace.

Additionally, last July, a US senate democrat refused to sign off an arms deal with Turkey that would allow for the sale of F-16 jets to Ankara, which president Joe Biden had previously supported.

Relations between the two countries have reached their worst due to a series of conflicts, most notably the Greek government’s accusation that Ankara was repeatedly violating Greek airspace.

 

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