President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will ensure it is able to buy and produce fighter jets and that Russian Su-35s and Su-57s are a possible alternative to US planes.
He also said that he plans to meet US President Donald Trump next month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in mid-September.
A U.S. technical team will have talks in Turkey on Jan. 15-16 to express specific concerns over the latter's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense systems particularly in regards to the flight safety of F-35 aircraft.
The Bulgarian government has asked parliament for a mandate to negotiate with the United States on buying new fighter jets, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Wednesday after ministers met in Sofia.
It means that Bulgaria plans to move ahead with the purchase of Lockheed Martin's F-16 Block 70 Viper jets to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era Mig-29 planes.