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American ambassador in Ankara: “No connection between F-16 and Sweden and Finland joining NATO”

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“In Congress, the desire to see Sweden and Finland join NATO is universal,” explained US Ambassador Jeff Flake – Message also for Syria

There is no “no connection” between the US decision on the possible sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey and the NATO accession of Sweden and Finland, US Ambassador to Ankara Jeff Flake said on Thursday.

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Regarding the possible sale of F-16 fighter jets and F-16 upgrade kits, the US diplomat reiterated that the process is “now in a phased evaluation before Congress”.

“In Congress the desire to see Sweden and Finland join NATO is universal”he interpreted.

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“Congress has invested heavily in this war, to help Ukraine fight Russian aggression, both financially and as the head of this coalition. They see this as very important, but there is no connection,” he said.

According to Turkey’s Anatoli news agency, Jeff Flake referred to the meeting between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, saying the two sides “discussed many important issues.”

“Of course, Foreign Minister Blinken thanked Foreign Minister Cavusoglu for Turkey’s initiative on Ukrainian grain, for its strong, consistent support for Ukrainian sovereignty, and for the support it provides to NATO. (For) 70 years (Turkey has been) an important and valuable member,” Flake said.

Regarding Turkey’s talks with the Assad regime, Flake also sent a message: “The US remains opposed in contacts and normalization of relations with the Assad regime, given what it has done to its people over the years. We are still against it.”

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