Ankara remains committed to NATO, according to the minister. Akar told a conference in Washington that Turkey expects to remain not just a buyer of advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets but also one of the partner countries involved in its production, Reuters said.
The statement comes despite US warnings that it would be shut out of the F-35 project if Turkey buys the Russian defense system. Ankara is studying an offer from the US to buy Patriot missile defense systems, Akar added.
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