Turkey sends F-16s to Poland for NATO operations against Russia

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ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey will send its F-16 fighters to Poland to cooperate with the Polish military and NATO operations to protect countries around Russia and Belarus. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this in connection with today’s upcoming state visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Istanbul.

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Erdogan’s comment connected Poland’s future purchase of 24 Turkish attacking Bayraktar TB2 drones, which we have informed you about. Poland becomes the first foreign NATO member to buy Turkish drones.

“We will soon send our F-16 fighter jets to Poland to support NATO’s operation in the Baltic Air Police,” Erdogan told reporters.

The forthcoming bilateral summit in Istanbul expects to discuss future trade relations between the two countries, with analysts predicting that trade between the two countries could reach $ 10 billion. This assessment coincides entirely with a comment given by Polish President Duda to journalists in Poland earlier.

Russia’s reaction

There has been no official reaction from the Kremlin so far. However, if the information about the deployment of a Turkish F-16 discusses today, Moscow, through its foreign ministry, is expected to develop a critical position.

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However, the media in Russia write that such signals from Turkey are alarming. According to Russian analysts, this is further proof that allied relations between Moscow and Ankara are impossible. If such a deal is reaching between Poland and Turkey, Moscow will revise its relations with Ankara.

“In this case, Erdogan is unlikely to be called an ally at all,” a Russian analyst told an Aviapro reporter, recalling that the Turkish president had repeatedly hinted in recent months that Turkey was trying to destabilize the situation around Russia’s border. He recalled Turkey’s intention to help Ukraine by striking the territory of Donbas.

The deal with the Turkish drones

On May 23, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that Warsaw would buy 24 Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey on Polish radio. The reason for his comment was a tweet posted on his Twitter account on which he posted a photo of the Turkish drone with the caption “expect good news soon.”

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Mariusz Blaszczak stressed that Poland needs the services and combat capabilities of the Turkish drone against the background of the damage it inflicted on the Russian mobile anti-missile system Pantsir-C1 on the battlefields of Libya, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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However, military analysts question whether Ankara will settle the deal to sell its drones after losing its license to the Canadian company L3Harris and the camera that is integrating into the drone. Optimistic forecasts are that Poland is a NATO member, a secure customer, and will circumvent the Canadian “embargo” by taking the Canadian license in its name – something Morocco did before buying Turkish drones.

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