Turkey to receive F-35 jets ‘sooner or later’: Erdoğan
“Sooner or later, we will receive the delivery of the F-35s, their equipment, and S-400s, too, will come to our country,” Erdoğan said after a fast-breaking dinner attended by representatives of youth organizations at the historical Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul.
“There is absolutely no question of stepping back on the S-400 issue. It’s a done deal,” Erdoğan added, referring to the air defense systems expected to be delivered by Russia until the end of this year.
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have reached a fever pitch in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system that Washington said will jeopardize Turkey’s role in the F-35 fighter jet program and which could trigger congressional sanctions.
Turkey decided in 2017 to purchase the S-400 system following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the U.S. with no success.