Ankara not to wait for US F-35: Turkish FM

“We want our money now. We want the money we paid there to be returned. Our friends from the ministry came together and reviewed the steps we will take from now on. We are now taking care of ourselves,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told media, adding that Ankara does not want the situation to “turn into a snake story like with the Patriot defense system,” Sputnik reported. 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously said that the country had paid $1.4 billion for the jets.
In April 2021, the US excluded Turkey from the F-35 program after Ankara purchased Russia’s S-400 air defense systems. Washington annulled the joint memorandum on the F-35 fighters with the country, while signing the document with seven other project partners — the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Norway. Erdogan said later that year that Turkey had received a US offer to buy F-16 jets instead, one generation behind the F-35s. The US Congress has been debating whether to include restrictions on the sale of jets in its annual defense spending bill for fiscal 2023, while the US State Department has been trying to convince lawmakers that the deal was aligned with Washington’s interests.

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