Erdogan threatens to ‘rethink’ Turkey’s Boeing orders over US sanctions

Erdogan threatens to ‘rethink’ Turkey’s Boeing orders over US sanctions

eTurboNews Syndication:

As US-Turkey relations deteriorate further over arms deals, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a thinly-veiled threat that Ankara might reconsider the purchase of 100 Boeing passenger aircraft, while urging america to &ldquo be;reasonable” with potential sanctions against Turkey.

“If we&rsquo even;re not getting F-35s, we have been buying 100 advanced Boeing aircraft, the agreement is signed… At the brief moment, among the Boeing planes is here and the payments are increasingly being created by us, we have been good customers,” On Friday recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara, adding that “if things continue like that, we will need to rethink this matter.”

The ongoing row between Ankara and Washington over Russian-made S-400 missile systems has recently led to the suspension of the delivery of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey so that they can pressure it into abandoning the offer. THE UNITED STATES has repeatedly said that Russian-made weaponry hurts NATO security and may compromise the F-35s if both get anywhere close.

Turkey, however, has seen the offer through – this month earlier, the initial batch of the Russian-made systems arrived. The delivery led to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging Ankara never to render the S-400s “operational” – or it shall face more sanctions.

However, Turkey’s Erdogan announced that the deployment of the S-400 will go in accordance with schedule and the systems will undoubtedly be online in April 2020, after all of the required assembly crew and works training. From mulling chance for scrapping the Boeing deals aside, Erdogan vowed to “use&rdquo actively; the anti-aircraft systems once they online go.

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The threat against Boeing may be serious &ndash quite; for the ongoing company, at the very least – given the number of planes Ankara has ordered. As of this moment, it has active orders on 100 Boeing aircraft, worth around $10 billion. In 2013, the nation’s flagship carrier, Turkish Airlines, announced a choice to get 75 ‘737 MAX’ planes, the jets which are grounded after two fatal crashes currently. In 2018, the ongoing company said it’ll purchase yet another 25 Boeing 787-9 jets. This season several new planes were sent to Turkey earlier.

All the aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by 2023, and so are likely to boost Boeing&rsquo greatly;s presence in the Turkish Airlines’ fleet. The carrier operates some 150 planes made by the maker already, but the most them are leased.

Author: George Taylor

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