US Weighs Behind Potential F-16 Sale to Turkey

The Biden administration has strongly put weight behind the potential sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Turkey just one day after Ankara said it would accept NATO membership of Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.

Pentagon’s top official on international security affairs, Celeste Wallander said that the Pentagon “fully supports Turkey’s modernization plans for its F-16 jet fleet”.

Speaking to reporters, Wallander called Ankara a “highly capable, highly valued, strategic NATO ally.”

“Strong Turkish defense capabilities contribute to strong NATO defense capabilities and we are working with our contracting processes in this regard,” Wallander said.

The government of Turkey has requested the F-16 and modernization kits in October 2021.

The development came one day after US President Joe Biden met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, but the sides did not speak about the F-16 proposal to the media.

Instead of the plane dead, Biden thanked Erdogan for agreeing to support Sweden and Finland’s bid to join NATO after Ankara rejected the proposal and accused the Nordic countries of supporting the Kurdistan Workers Party (KKP) and Syrian offshoot, People’s Protection Units (YPG).

US and Turkey designed KKP as a terrorist group, which according to Ankara killed over 40,000 people.

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