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It's finally 'game over' for Turkey and the F-35 joint strike fighter program after it received a first batch of S-400 Russian-made air defense components starting last Friday, with Russian military planes continuing deliveries into early this week.
“Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible,” a White House statement read. The official statement added:
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“The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities.”
Purchased F-35 deliveries from their Lockheed Martin producer had already been held up for the past year as Washington and Ankara exchanged threats over the impending S-400 purchase. Up until today it wasn't clear if the Trump administration would follow through on its promise to indefinitely block the transfer.
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“Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO Allies made to each other to move away from Russian systems," the statement continued.
The Pentagon will also transfer...
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