WASHINGTON — Turkey’s Ministry of Protection stated on its Twitter account {that a} technical delegation from the ministry had gone to the US upon invitation to buy F-16 Block 70 fighter jets and improve kits.

The Turkish ministry additionally talked about that three conferences have been held in Turkey in December 2021, February 2022, and March 2022 for the supply of F-16 Block 70. Following the NATO Protection Ministers’ assembly in Brussels, which continued two days in the past, Minister of Nationwide Protection Hulusi Akar introduced that technical work had begun concerning negotiations with the US to buy new F-16 fighter jets and the modernization of some current F-16 fighter jets.

In his assertion, Minister Akar stated, “The F16s now we have should be renewed. Technical work has begun on each the supply of the F-16 Block 70 Viper and the modernization of some plane by our strategic ally, good friend the USA. We’re following the method”.

The ‘Greece case’

On July 16 the US Home of Representatives has handed a invoice that limits Turkey’s F-16 Block 70 program. The invoice in query features a ban on the sale of the F-16 Block 70 until Turkey ensures that Greek airspace is not going to be violated.

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The opposite day, Home of Representatives member Frank Pallone launched a invoice containing the supply of the F-16 Block 70 to Turkey. In abstract, the invoice introduced by Frank Pallone says that if Turkey makes use of the F-16 Blok 70 fighter jets that it’ll purchase from the US and ensures that it’ll not violate Greek airspace with these planes, the sale of the planes to Turkey could be “open”.

Pallone’s invoice handed 244 to 179. The invoice will now be added to the 2023 US Nationwide Protection Authorization Act [NDAA]. President Biden has the facility to veto this invoice, however solely 5 payments have been vetoed to date within the historical past of the NDAA.

Protection business analyst Arda Mevlutoglu summarized the method this manner: “As you realize, the NDAA has drafts ready by the Home of Representatives and the Senate. They’re mixed right into a joint fee, change into a single venture, and are introduced to the president for approval. The president has the precise of veto”.

What’s going to Joe Biden do?

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In current weeks, US President Biden had a face-to-face assembly with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a part of the NATO summit. After the assembly, Biden stated: “As quickly as I land in Washington, I’ll work to resolve the F-16 difficulty. I’ll make an effort to get it handed in Congress,” he stated. After Biden’s assertion, some members of Congress started to make anti-Turkish statements, and 35 members of Congress despatched a letter to President Biden in opposition to the supply of F-16s to Turkey.

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