Just last week Erdogan boasted about potential new defense deals with Russia, including aircraft purchases.
This illustration picture shows the pilot of an F16 fighter jet after a press conference at the military air base in Kleine-Brogel, Belgium, on Oct. 1, 2021. - BENOIT DOPPAGNE/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images
News of the request, which has not been publicly confirmed by the US State Department, comes just days after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government was planning to expand defense ties with Russia.
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