Erdogan claimed on Sunday that the US had offered to sell F-16 fighter planes to Turkey in exchange for its funding in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after buying air missile defence systems from Russia.
"We would refer you to the Turkish government to speak to its defence procurement plans. What I can say is the United States has not made any financing offers on Turkey's F-16 request," U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a briefing.
It is known that Turkey requested the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes.
Before departing for Africa, Erdogan stated that Washington made the F-16 proposal in exchange for Turkey's $1.4 billion payment for the F-35 joint fighter programme.
Asked if that money could be used toward the purchase of F-16s, Price said: "The Department of Defence continues to be engaged in a dispute resolution mechanism with Turkey on the F-35, but I'm not going to prejudge the outcome."
The acquisition of S-400s by Ankara has also resulted in CAATSA sanctions imposed by the United States. Washington blocked Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate and its director, Ismail Demir, in December 2020.