Turkey pronounces that it’s going to renew the provide for a joint working group for S-400 to Biden: NTV
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will renew its offer to form a joint working group with the United States to study the technical aspects of adopting the Russian S-400 defense systems it has acquired once President-elect Joe Biden takes office overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Friday.
Cavusoglu spoke out on Friday to reporters on a flight home from Pakistan. Biden will succeed President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
“We will make sincere efforts to improve our relationships. We expect the same approach from the Biden administration,” Cavusoglu was quoted by NTV as saying. “I think it’s going to be a more predictable time in our relationships, but we’re ready.”
Last month, Washington imposed long-awaited sanctions on Ankara for adopting the S-400 defense systems in what Turkey called a “grave mistake”. It also removed Turkey, a NATO ally, from its F-35 fighter aircraft program.
Washington said the S-400s pose a threat to their F-35 fighter jets and NATO’s broader defense systems. Turkey refuses, saying that S-400s will not be integrated into NATO and has offered to set up a joint working group to investigate the conflicting claims.
According to Ankara, purchasing the S-400 was not a choice but a necessity, as it was not possible to obtain missile defense from other NATO allies under satisfactory conditions.
President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he hoped that after Biden took office, positive steps would be taken regarding Turkey’s role in the F-35 jet program.
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