ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he wanted to find a solution to Turkey’s suspension of the F-35 fighter jet program with the new US administration under Biden.
Relations between the two NATO allies have been strained by Washington’s decision last month to impose sanctions on its military procurement agency for purchasing Russia’s S-400 Russian air defense system. Washington initially responded by suspending Turkey from the F-35 program in 2019, of which Ankara was a major buyer and spare parts maker.
U.S. officials have warned that the S-400 system is not compatible with NATO hardware and could help Russia better target Western warplanes. But he added: “I hope we can discuss this issue after Biden’s inauguration and see positive results,” which will take place next week.
Erdogan also said that Turkey would discuss the second batch of S-400 systems with Russia at the end of January.