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Turkish FM travels to Washington seeking to seal deal for F-16 fighter jets 

Mevlut Cavusoglu’s meeting with Antony Blinken comes as Washington reportedly ties warplane deal to NATO expansion.  
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at United Nations headquarters, New York, May 18, 2022.

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu travels to Washington this week hoping to smooth the passage of a request for reinforcing the country’s F-16 fighter fleet amid heightened tensions with neighbor Greece.

Ankara has long been seeking to update its air defenses and had hoped that participation in the US-led development of the fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighter would fulfill its needs. However, in response to Turkey’s acquisition of Russian-made air defense missiles, it was kicked off the F-35 project in 2019. 

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