He added: “My approval of Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 aircraft was conditional on Turkey’s approval of Sweden’s membership in NATO. “But make no mistake, this was not a decision I took lightly.” For example, Turkey is believed to , which plays a critical role in the region as a NATO ally, could improve its human rights record.
US President Joe Biden urged leaders in Congress on Wednesday to approve the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey after that country agreed to Sweden joining NATO earlier this week.
The Biden administration officially informed Congress on Friday of the plan to sell F-16 aircraft to Turkey for $23 billion (more than 20 billion euros). The US State Department wants to provide Turkey with 40 F-16 fighter jets and upgrades for 79 of these fighters.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration wants to sell 40 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets for $8.6 billion (nearly 8 billion euros) to Greece, a NATO member with a history of tense relations with Turkey.
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