Bloomberg, one of the leading media outlets in the USA, announced that President Erdogan will bring up the $ 6 billion arms deal in his meeting with US President Biden. “It’s difficult to get approval from Congress,” two senior Turkish officials told Bloomberg.
While the US-Turkey relations continued in a tense manner, Bloomberg, one of the leading media outlets of the USA, prepared a comprehensive report with the headline “Erdogan expects to discuss the $6 billion arms deal in his meeting with Biden“.
The report in the Bloomberg goes as: “Turkish President Erdogan will request U.S. President Joe Biden at the next global summit to allow Ankara to purchase dozens of U.S. warplanes. In this way, Erdogan plans to prevent Washington from blocking major arms deals due to Turkey’s purchase of a Russian air defense system.”
Turkey made an official application to purchase 40 new F-16s on September 30th, while two senior Turkish officials speaking to Bloomberg said that this agreement is worth $6 billion. However, these officials said, “It is difficult to get approval from the Congress since Turkey bought the S-400 air defense system from Russia and the country did not change its stance.”
Turkish officials said that Erdogan is expected to raise this issue with Biden at the G20 Summit, which will take place in Rome, Italy, at the end of this month. However, Bloomberg underlined that no exact meeting details and date have been determined between the parties yet.
It is unclear whether Biden will be satisfied with this demand for weapons, an official with close knowledge of the subject said: “Turkey’s aim is to guarantee jets compatible with NATO.”
An official from the US State Department declined to make a statement to Bloomberg on this matter.