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Turkey’s actions undermine the potential of the F-35 fighter jet

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US believes that the issue of Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense systems remains the main irritant in relations between Washington and Ankara, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey statement.

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“The S-400 is a huge question … this is an extremely difficult question, because it concerns the largest investment in the defense of the United States and its allies since World War II – the F-35 fighter. Turkey’s actions undermine the potential of this fighter,” said Jeffrey, speaking at the event of the Hudson Institute.

“Two sides stagnated on this issue. This is the biggest problem. Otherwise, Turkey and I get along quite well on most issues, including Libya, NATO, the Caucasus-Black Sea region, Syria and Iraq,” said also Jeffrey.

Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States, began in mid-July 2019.

Washington demanded a refusal of the deal and in exchange to acquire the American Patriot systems, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions in accordance with CAATSA (Law on Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions).

Read more: End of story – Turkey is no longer on the F-35 program list

Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional S-400 batch.

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