Turkey may buy Russian jets if US F-16 deal fails: Report

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Turkey Published: Oct 18, 2021, 08:21 PM(IST)

Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. Photograph:( AFP )

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The former Trump administration had denied F-35 fighter jets to the Erdogan regime in 2019 after Ankara purchased S-400 missile defence system from Russia. 

Reports claim Turkey may purchase Russian fighter jets if Erdogan's regime fails to procure US F-16 fighters.

Russia's TASS news agency quoting the head of Turkey’s defence industry Ismail Demir reported that "Turkey won’t be left without alternatives".

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The news agency quoted Demir declaring that the "issue of Su-35 and Su-57 planes may surface again at any time" if the US F-16 deal does not go through.

The former Trump administration had denied F-35 fighter jets to the Erdogan regime in 2019 after Ankara purchased S-400 missile defence system from Russia. 

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President Erdogan on Sunday had said the Biden administration may sell F-16 fighter jets instead of the F-35 fighter jets. News agency Reuters had said Turkey had reportedly requested for 40 F-16 fighter jets.

"We have said we'll take whatever step is needed to meet our country's defence needs," Erdogan had said on Sunday.

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Erdogan had declared he was interested in buying another batch of S-400 missiles from Russia even as the US jet deal had run into trouble earlier. 

Erdogan however said that talks were underway with US officials over the F-16 deal including  "modernisation of the F-16s" and "possession" of new additional F-16s.

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Turkey had sought compensation for being excluded in the US fighter jet deal and had asked the US government to pay $1.4 billion as it had paid the amount before it was removed.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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