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Conditions lifted in the sale of the F-16

From the final version of the National Defense Authorization Law (NDAA), which includes the 2023 defense budget of the USA, the articles put in place by the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, to limit the purchase of F-16s by Turkey were removed.

Turkey demands 40 new F-16 Block 70 fighter jets and modernization kits for 80 planes from the USA. The NDAA, which will be made into a single text by the two houses of Congress, must be approved by President Biden. “We want to integrate our defense capabilities and provide what Turkey needs to deal with the formidable threats it faces,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

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In the final version of the National Defense Authorization Law (NDAA), which includes the 2023 defense budget of the USA, the articles that were put by the House of Representatives to limit the purchase of F-16s by Turkey were also removed. While the conference committee, which includes senators and representatives from both houses of the US Congress, finalized the NDAA bill, which includes the defense budget of 857 billion dollars, the issue was brought up in the daily press conference of the US State Department Spokesperson, Ned Price. Price replied: “Of course, Turkey is an important NATO ally, an important security partner. We want to integrate our defense capabilities and provide what Turkey needs to deal with the tough threats it faces. No NATO ally has been subjected to more terrorist attacks on their own soil than our Turkish allies. Therefore, our cooperation in the field of security is of great importance to us.”

Stating that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Joe Biden discussed this issue when they met at the NATO Summit in Madrid in the summer, Price noted that there were also discussions at lower levels and that the US State Department spoke to the Congress about this issue.

When a journalist in the Greek media asked New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who is known for his closeness to the Greek and Armenian lobbies, that he would prevent F-16 sales to Turkey, Price said that Turkey is an important NATO partner and that it is the country that faces the most threats in NATO. said that.

“Of course we are trying to ensure that Turkey has the defense capabilities it needs to continue its role as an important NATO ally,” Price said.

 

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Akar: We expect concrete steps from the USA

Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar stated that works are continuing for the procurement of 40 F16s and the modernization of 79 aircraft belonging to the Air Force Command. Akar said: “We follow all developments and studies closely. We have seen the positive approach of our US counterparts on this issue from the very beginning. We are now expecting positive and concrete steps from the USA depending on positive approaches. We want these works and the process to conclude as soon as possible in a positive and rapid manner. All our allies, especially Finland, support Turkey’s fight against terrorism and the modernization efforts of the Turkish Armed Forces,

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