US lawmakers have concerns over potential Turkey F-16 purchase

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Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers tried to convince Biden’s administration not to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey and said they were confident Congress would block any such exports.

In a letter to  Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the lawmakers wrote, “Following President (Tayyip) Erdogan’s September announcement that Turkey will purchase an additional tranche of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, we cannot afford to compromise our national security by sending U.S.-manufactured aircraft to a treaty ally which continues to behave like an adversary.” According to reports, Turkey had made a request to the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes.

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