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Pentagon spokesman refuses to speculate about approval of Ankara’s request to acquire F-16 fighters

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby refused to speculate on whether his country would agree to Ankara’s request to obtain F-16 fighters from the United States.

“I won’t go into details about foreign military sales, that’s a State Department prerogative,” Kirby told a news conference. “I’m not going to speculate one way or the other on the issue of the F-16.

He added that the meeting between the delegations of the United States and Turkey in Ankara, last week, on removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet production program, was “productive.”

And the Turkish newspaper, NTV, reported that two delegations from the Turkish and American defense ministries will hold a meeting in Washington, within months, to discuss the repercussions of the F-35 fighter jet issue, which Ankara intended to obtain from Washington.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last month that the United States had offered his country to buy F-16 fighter jets, after it had been excluded from the F-35 production program.

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