US Senators have proposed a bipartisan law to replace Washington's blackmailing of Turkey – stopping the transfer of 100 agreed F-35 jets until Ankara buys the deal with Moscow to buy S-400 air defense complexes ,
The law limiting the transfer of F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey was introduced by Republican Senator James Lankford and sponsored on Thursday by Republican Thom Tillis and Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Chris Van Hollen.
The draft of the bill states that "no funds may be required or expended" to include the lot of F-35 aircraft in Turkey or intellectual property as well as technical specifications to transmit their operation The Congress will be provided with written confirmation that Turkey "does not plan or intend" the planned delivery of Russian Russian S-400 ground-to-air missiles .
The legislature claims the purchase of Russian arms by Turkey would "Endangering Integrity" NATO and "have a significant impact on defense cooperation" between Washington and Ankara. The military cooperation between Turkey and Russia is a blow to US security, Shaheen argued.
"The prospect that Russia has access to US aircraft and technology in a NATO country, Turkey, is a serious national and global enterprise security risk," she said.
The Pentagon has pressured Ankara to prevent her from buying Russia's famous S-400 triumphant air defense systems and threatened her with sanctions under the US Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The newly introduced law requires that Trump execute the provisions of the law "faithful" .
So far, Washington's scare tactics of getting Turkey to scrap the S-400 deal are shallow. Ankara has repeatedly stated that the purchase of Russian systems is a closed deal aimed at diversifying its arsenal and not connecting with either US security or NATO.
In his latest attempt to prevent Ankara from buying the Russian-built complexes, the Pentagon threatened Ankara to rob both F-35s, and the Raytheon-built Patriot missile system would not be available to Ankara. Turkey has weakened US demands for "NATO interoperability". President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that Washington extorted Ankara because it does not want it to become an independent regional player.
In a $ 2.5 billion deal with Russia, the first of four S-400s will be delivered to Turkey in July of this year. Turkey was an important partner in the F-35 program, which was itself plagued by cost overruns, delays and performance issues, while it was the US military's most expensive project so far. Turkey has made parts of the fuselage, landing gear and cockpit displays for the jets and has invested approximately $ 1.25 billion in the Pentagon's largest weapons program throughout its course. The first F-35 jet was delivered to Turkey in June in a ceremony in Turkey. Two more jets should be delivered by the end of this month
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