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Turkish defence delegation to visit US for jet talks

SpaceDaily.com reports: “A Turkish delegation will visit Washington next week to follow up on US President Joe Biden’s pledge to deliver F16 fighter jets for Turkey’s ageing air force, Ankara said Tuesday.

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the team would arrive in Washington on Monday on the invitation of unnamed US officials.

But he stressed that Ankara remained firmly opposed to conditions on the sale imposed by leading members of Congress who worry about Turkey’s tense relations with Greece.

‘We cannot accept these conditions. Our wish is that the Senate removes them,’ Akar said in televised remarks.

NATO member Turkey was kicked out of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter programme over its acquisition of an advanced Russian missile defence system in 2019…”

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