“The big bargain”: Ankara asks for F-35 to say “yes” to Finland-Sweden NATO membership

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The lifting of CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions) sanctions, which effectively “blocked” Ankara from the joint program of development of state-of-the-art F-35 aircraft Ankara is vying to give the “green light” to Finland and Sweden to join NATO.

In the shadow of reports of the Prime Minister in the US for the purchase of F-35s, Turkey is claiming its reintegration into the program of fifth generation fighters, that is, it is not only asking for F-16s to admit Stockholm and Helsinki to NATO.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu, The who yesterday saw his US counterpart Anthony Blinken formally called for “the lifting of CAATSA sanctions.” “Once we are allies, what we are asking of the United States is is to lift CAATSA sanctions “ mentioned features.

“Another demand of Turkey is to be re-admitted to the development program of the fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft – F-35 – and to rapidly modernize the aging fleet of F-16 aircraft,” Bloomberg reports.

Pentagon withdraws Turkey from F-35 program after purchase of systems from Turkey S-400 anti-aircraft defense from Russia, which Washington claims are a threat to NATO security.

“Turkey will bargain until the end. “Speaking with Turkish diplomats, they said that now is the opportunity, whatever we get,” said Manolis Kostidis.

It is noted that the attitude of Tayyip Erdogan has become a key reference issue in the western press. “Erdogan is blocking talks on Sweden and Finland joining NATO,” the Financial Times reported on its front page on Thursday.

The Turkish president has said he will not allow Sweden and Finland to join the Alliance because of their stance on the PKK, but European diplomats have commented. that armaments are what concern him most.

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