Wednesday, June 27, 2018

US Official Warns That Turkey’s Russian Missile Purchase May Nix F-35 Jet Sale

A senior State Department official warned Turkey
Washington will impose sanctions on Turkey if Ankara goes ahead with the planned purchase of S-400 air-defense missile systems from Russia, the State Department said on Tuesday.

A senior State Department official warned Turkey on Tuesday that Washington might not hand over the F-35 fifth-generation F-35 fighters if Ankara goes ahead with its planned purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Wess Mitchell, US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said that  the handover of F-35s to America’s foreign partners is normally followed by a lengthy period of training of  pilots of the countries that the planes are going to.

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