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US suspends F-35 delivery to Turkey over Russian missile system

US suspends F-35 delivery to Turkey over Russian missile system

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ruled out a change of heart, saying: "The S-400 deal is a done deal and we will not step back from this". In January, Pahon told Al-Monitor, the United States "made our strongest possible offer" with the Patriot missile-defense system, offering fresh batteries, advanced air defense missiles and bilateral coordination on industrial and system development aspects of the program.

Pompeo gave the warning to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu Wednesday in Washington during the first day of the two-day NATO Ministerial, State Department Spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.

"Earlier, we got two aircraft and recently took the delivery of the third plane". In Washington, Cavusoglu proposed to establish "a technical team or a joint working group" to find a way for Turkey to operate the S-400, without endangering North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft. Russian Federation will deliver the first batch of the defence batteries in late 2019. The potential economic opportunities between Turkey and the United States were also a focus of the discussion.

The S-400 is an anti-missile and anti-aircraft weapon system, similar to the US Patriot.

"A technical working group at this stage isn't necessary or a path the United States is even considering as a resolution", said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

"Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance..."

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Last month, the outgoing chief of U.S. European Command, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said it would be his "best military advice" that the F-35 sale to Ankara be canceled if it buys the S-400.

The US wants Turkey to instead opt to buy the US Patriot system.

The foreign ministers held a series of sessions on the first day of the meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. State Department focusing on Russian Federation and the Black Sea region where Moscow seized three Ukrainian ships past year.

He also said that the Turkish Supreme Electoral Council had yet to complete the legal process for considering complaints or announce the final results. He also suggested that U.S. officials may well be concerned that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might try to compensate for his recent electoral defeats in Istanbul and Ankara by attacking the Kurds.

Mr Pence said that the country could also be expelled from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft programme, parts of which are made in Turkey, after the U.S. halted deliveries of components this week.

A pair of RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets over the English Channel during Operation Point Blank, which featured aerial capabilities from the British RAF, United States Air Force and French Air Force, November 27, 2018. Asked if Turkey would abide by the committee if it decided the Americans were correct and that the missile defense system could compromise the F-35, the foreign minister said "of course, it is our proposal".

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