Erdoğan's F-35 solution: “We want our money back if project stops”

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Turkey will ask the US to return F-35 payments if the delivery halts amidst the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system
Friday, 28 June 2019 11:14

Talking to a Japanese newspaper during his visit for the G-20 summit in Japan, Erdoğan said, “I believe our meeting with the US President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit will eliminate the crisis in our bilateral relations and will strengthen our cooperation.”

Washington set July 31 as a deadline to expel Turkey from the F-35 program if Ankara accepts the delivery for Russia’s S-400 missile defense system. The US also threatens Turkey with several sanctions. 

“We’ve already paid them $1.25 billion for the F-35 project. If they make such a wrong move, we’ll take it to the international arbitration court because we want them to pay the money back we’ve spent so far,” Erdoğan said.

Noting that his government will not step back on Russia’s S-400 missile systems, Erdoğan claimed that he has not heard about anything from Trump regarding the sanctions. The two leaders are expected to meet during the summit.