20 Sep 2022 16:28 GMT
The Turkish president also claims to have received support from the US Republican Party when discussing the plane issue.
If Turkey cannot get the F-16 military aircraft from the US, it will “take care of herself”said the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his interview with the American network PBS.
“I cannot say that our relations are ideal,” the president responded to the question about the ties between the US and his country. Likewise, he stated that the volume of trade between the two countries “should not be where it is today.”
Erdogan expressed his dissatisfaction with “certain political decisions” which resulted in the imposition of sanctions on Turkey preventing the country from receiving US warplanes.
“In the defense industry, we are not at the level we want“, the president pointed out. In addition, he indicated that Turkey “has received the support” of the US Republican party when discussing the issue of F-16 aircraft.
This Monday Greece reported that around 11 aircraft belonging to the Turkish Air Force violated its airspace 88 times.
The current situation occurs within the framework of the rising tensions between Greece and Turkey over territorial disputes over islands in the Aegean Sea, water limits and airspace. Disagreement in the eastern Mediterranean is sharpening, also due to hydrocarbon discoveries in the region.