Turkey May Rethink Boeing Plane Orders, Erdogan Says
Turkey has since begun receiving the S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, which the U.S. has long said is incompatible with the its role as a NATO member and purchases of U.S. F-35 fighter jets.
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July 29, 2019 - by Taylan Bilgic for bloomberg.com
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Turkey's president said his government may have to "rethink" existing orders for Boeing Co. airplanes worth about $10 billion, in comments that reflect the country's strained ties with the U.S.
Turkey's hesitation on the Boeing order adds to tension created when the country ordered a missile defense system from Russia, spurning an offer for Ankara to buy U.S. air-defense missiles.
"I've told Mr. Trump in Osaka that even if Turkey's not buying Patriots, it's buying Boeings. We're good customers," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in Ankara, referring to Raytheon's Patriot systems. "But if it goes on like this, we'll have to rethink about this issue."
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