Erdogan told Biden about plans for S-400

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden that he will not give up buying Russian S-400 air defense systems.

“Turkey’s position on S-400 deliveries remains unchanged – as it was and as it remains. I have communicated our country’s position to Mr. President [Joe Biden],” Erdogan said. He said the same goes for Turkey’s position on the deliveries of American F-35 fighter jets.

Erdogan and Biden held talks on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14. The meeting lasted about an hour.

Erdogan told Biden about plans for S-400

Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems caused a crisis in relations between Ankara and Washington. The U.S. demanded that Turkey abandon the deal, threatened with sanctions and excluded it from the U.S. program for the production of F-35 Lightning II generation bombers. Turkey was to receive more than 100 aircraft from the U.S.

S-400 deliveries to Ankara began back in July 2019, and Turkey fully paid for the Russian systems in December 2020.