President Tayyip Erdogan said he told the U.S. President: Biden during the NATO meeting that Turkey will take no other step on the issues of the F-35 jet and the S-400 missile.
Erdogans had ordered Russia’s S-400 Missile defense system that strained relations with the United States when the former Trump administration hit the Turkish government hard.
The US got Turkey from that F-35 fighters Jet program over fears that Russia might gather information during the S-400 mission.
Wendy Sherman, the top US official, deputy foreign minister, had offered Turkey to take the S-400 missile systems into custody together at an air force base on the Syrian border Turkish government.
âI said (Biden) that they shouldn’t expect Turkey to take another step on the F-35 and S-400 issues because we did what we had to do for the F-35 and that have given necessary money. ” Erdogan said as Turkey and the US continued their stalemate on the issue.
The Trump administration had ousted Turkey from the F-35 program two years ago on the procurement of the S-400 missile defense system.
In a statement Pentagon had said “the S-400 is incompatible with the F-35” while suspending Turkey from the program. Turkey was the first to purchase the first of the four S-400 missiles in July 2019 Trump card Government requested to remove Turkey from the F-35 program.
The Biden government has since tried to get over that with Turkey Agreement with Russian missiles but was unsuccessful.
Erdogan assured that his government would monitor developments and follow up, even if neither side had achieved a breakthrough in the S-400 deal.