Erdogan says Turkey-U.S. ties not healthy - Haberturk TV

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Erdogan says Turkey-U.S. ties not healthy - Haberturk TV
Erdogan says Turkey-U.S. ties not healthy - Haberturk TV   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">ANKARA</span> – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey’s ties with the United States were not healthy and that Washington needed to “sort out” issues over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 defence systems, according to broadcaster Haberturk.</p> <p>Ties between the <span class="caps">NATO</span> allies struck a low point earlier this year when Washington sanctioned the Turkey’s defence industry over the S-400s. It has also expelled Ankara from its F-35 jet programme, where it was a buyer and manufacturer.</p> <p>“I cannot say that a healthy process is running in Turkish-American ties… We bought F-35s, we paid $1.4 billion and these F-35s were not given to us. The United States needs to first sort this out,” Haberturk quoted Erdogan as telling reporters after attending the UN General Assembly in New York.</p> <p>Erdogan said Ankara would meet its defence needs from elsewhere if Washington did not help. </p> <p>Turkey had hoped to forge cooperation with the United States over Afghanistan after <span class="caps">NATO</span>’s withdrawal by operating Kabul airport, but had to revise its original plan after the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country. </p> <p>Erdogan has since been critical of the U.S. withdrawal decision, saying Washington had to “pay the price” for its move.</p> <p>The two countries should work together as friends but “the current direction does not bode well”, Erdogan said, adding he and U.S. President Joe Biden had not “started off right”.</p> <p/> </div>