A shot of the F-35 is visible on this photo. The Pentagon has announced that it has suspended supplies of F-35 fighter jets and Turkey's manuals for the Middle East's decision to buy a Russian anti-air defense system against Washington's objection.
The US Department of Defense announced on Monday that it has suspended F-35 fighter jets and Turkey's manuals for the Middle East's decision to buy the Russian an anti-air defense system opposed Washington's objection.
The United States has agreed to sell 1
00 of Turkey's fifth-generation F-35s, initially planning to deliver the first two aircraft to Turkey in June. However, senior government officials have repeatedly threatened to stop selling if Ankara does not give up its efforts to buy the Russian S-400 system.
"The United States is aware that the acquisition of Turkey by the S-400 is unacceptable," said Pentagon spokesman Charles Summers Jr., who added: "[U] If they give up the S-400, the United States discontinued supplies and activities related to maintaining the operational capability of Turkey F-35 C-400, their continued participation in the F-35 program is at risk. "
The changes in the US came just three days after the Foreign Minister of Turkey said his country, a NATO ally, is committed to the deal upuvane Russian
"As a principle is contrary to international law third parties to oppose the agreement between the two countries," said Mevlut Cavusoglu at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. , "We are committed to this agreement, there is no such thing as selling a third party, we buy them for our own needs."
Cavusoglu also urged Turkey to fulfill all its obligations under the F-35 program.
The United States and other NATO allies have repeatedly complained about the purchase, saying it is not compatible with other Allied systems and would pose a threat to the F-35.
Last month, General Curtis Scaparoti, the outgoing Supreme Allied Commander in Europe told MPs on the Capitol Hill that "my best advice from the military would be to not follow the F-35, fly or work with an ally who works with Russian systems, especially
Officials also expressed concerns that the acquisition of Turkey on both sides of the US and Russia could give Moscow access to sophisticated American technologies and allow it to find ways to oppose the F- 35. that the change of Turkey's participation in production this would likely force other allies to take on this role and delay aircraft delivery
Summers said on Monday that the Pentagon had taken the steps needed to ensure prudent program planning and sustainability of the supply chain F-35.
"We are very sorry for the current situation faced by our F-35 partnership with Turkey, and the Department of Defense is taking reasonable steps to protect the F-35. total investments, eg in our critical technology, "he said.
leaders forced Turkey to buy a US air defense battery, and in December the State Department approved the sale of the US $ 3.5 billion American patriotic system to Ankara.
Lucas Tomlinson and Associate Press this report.