Biden administration asks Congress to approve new arms deal with Turkey

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has asked congressional leaders to approve the sale of advanced weapons and other equipment for Turkey’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets, U.S. officials said, setting up a showdown with lawmakers on a proposal to sell more planes to Ankara. as he seeks to recalibrate ties with Washington.

The arms sale draft, which was sent to Congress leaders last month, shows how Turkey hopes to leverage its role as a facilitator of the Russian-Ukrainian peace talks and its support for the Ukrainian military as a way to repair frayed relations with Washington and to obtain new weapons. The potential deal would include missiles, radars and electronics for Turkey’s F-16s, which would represent a significant upgrade for the country’s fighter jets.


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