Turkish Foreign Minister Huluki Akar spoke for everyone and everything in an interview with the Al Jazeera network, who did not fail to mention Greece on the occasion of the “wreck” for the F-35.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hulusi Akar was also asked about the issue of F-16s from the US and whether there has been any result: “We cannot say that no result has been achieved, he said. This process continues. As you know we had a cooperation plan for the F-35 aircraft. But it was interrupted. Turkey and the Turkish Armed Forces are in need of 40 F-16 Βlock 70. We asked the US to export them. At the same time we asked for the upgrade of the 79 F-16s we have. We brought that last year through physical channels in the US,” he said.
At this point he hastened to add that: “We have alternative solutions if this creates a problem for us. Our neighbor and NATO partner, Greece, wants to stop this deal and is sending a request to the United States Congress not to sell these planes to Turkey.
This is unacceptable in international agreements. Here we are talking about an allied state that should contribute to our strengthening. Why our strength is their strength. We have seen that the United States Congress has placed conditions on the use of these aircraft.
We also said that Turkey is a sovereign state and that we will not conditionally accept the purchase of aircraft. We believe that these conditions they will change later. In addition, the United States will act institutionally to sell these planes to Turkey. Because we are allies. We have a lot of work to do together. So we hope that the United States they will correct their mistake».
He went on to say: “I believe that whatever happens, anyone who prevents Turkey from acquiring these aircraft will have brought this shame. We wish to fill this gap. If we get into trouble then we have alternatives. The Turkish Armed Forces are strong. It is not possible for us to accept the conditions imposed on us. As we saw in the example of Ukraine, the world needs a strong Turkey. Especially our friends, our allies and the Europeans. We have a strong role in NATO. That is why our allies and partners should not stand in the way of the purchase of these aircraft.”
In his interview, he mainly referred to the process of transporting Ukrainian grain through the Straits and the operation of the Coordinating Center that started operating in Istanbul with the participation of representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the UN under the supervision of Turkey.
“We have implemented the grain transfer agreement. The work of loading grain on the first ship is still in progress. Very soon, and this may be in a few hours, we may find out that the ship has left the Ukrainian port,” he said.