Will US remove Turkey from F-35 program?
US government officials told the journalists after G20 summit in Osaka that Trump administration still considers sanctions against Turkey due to its desire to acquire Russian S-400 missile systems.
The official told Reuters journalists that the White house will impose sanctions on Turkey and remove it from a critical fighter jet program if the NATO ally acquires Russian air defences.
“The United States has consistently and clearly stated that Turkey will face very real and negative consequences if it proceeds with its S-400 acquisition, including suspension of procurement and industrial participation in the F-35 program and exposure to sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),” a State Department spokeswoman said.
At the Pentagon, spokesman Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews said: “Nothing has changed.”
The United States has said the S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s defence network and could compromise its Lockheed Martin <LMT.N> F-35 stealth fighter jets, an aircraft Turkey is helping to build and planning to buy.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are broadly opposed to allowing Turkey to have both systems.