The US Department of Defense announced Monday that it had ordered the delivery of F-35 combat aircraft parts and manuals to Turkey over the purchase decision of the Middle East. " suspended "a Russian air defense system because of Washington's objection.
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"The United States realized that the acquisition of the S-400 by Turkey is unacceptable," he said. Pentagon acting spokesman Charles Summers Jr. added: "[U] Until they see the delivery of the S-400, the United States has suspended supplies and activities related to the emergence of the Turkish F-35 operational capability Should Turkey procure The S-400 is at risk of continued participation in the F-35 program . "
The relocation of the US took place only three days after the Turkish Foreign Minister declared that his country, a NATO ally, was committed to buying the Russians system and discussed delivery dates.
"In principle, it is contrary to international law that a third country objects to an agreement between 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 sale in a third country, we buy them for our own needs."
Cavusoglu also insisted that Turkey had fulfilled all its obligations regarding the F-35 program
The US and other NATO allies have repeatedly complained about the purchase, as they are not affiliated with any other systems compatible and pose a threat to the F-35.
Last month General Curtis M. Scaparrotti. The outgoing Allied Commander in Europe told Capitol Hill legislators that "my best military advice would be that we would not be able to persevere with the F-35, fly, or work with an ally who works with Russian systems, in particular, air defense systems."
Officials also expressed their concern that Turkey's acquisition of US and Russian systems could give Moscow access to sophisticated American technology to counter the F-35.
Pentagon leaders have warned An end to Turkish involvement in production would likely force other allies to assume that role, and could delay aircraft delivery.
Summers said the Pentagon "has taken the necessary steps to ensure prudent programming and reliability of the F-35 supply chain." Secondary sources for Turkish-made parts are under development.
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"" We very much regret the current situation of our F-35 partnership with Turkey. And the DoD is taking prudent steps to protect the shared investment in our critical technology. " he said.
US Leaders have urged Turkey to buy a US made anti-aircraft battery, and in December the State Department agreed to sell a 3.5 billion US Patriot system to Ankara.
Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.