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Turkey’s Purchase of S-400 to Result in Reassessing F-35 Program - US State Dept

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An S-400 air defense missile system - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has warned Turkey that its planned purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system would put at risk Ankara’s participation in the F-35 jet program and could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara, US Department of State spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press briefing.

"We've clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the S-400 will result in a reassessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 program and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey, as well as lead to potential sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," Palladino said on Tuesday.

A US Patriot anti-missile battery is set up at a base in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, file photo - Sputnik International
Turkey Rejects US Patriot Offer Amid Row Over Russian S-400 - Reports
Palladino noted that the US position regarding Turkey potentially obtaining S-400 systems has not changed and Washington would like to work collaboratively on the issue of air defence systems with Turkey.

READ MORE: Pentagon Recommends Not to Transfer F-35 to Turkey if Ankara Buys Russian S-400

Last month, senior US official was cited by Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News that the United States will terminate the process of selling Patriot air defence systems to Turkey if Ankara obtains the Russian-made S-400 air defence systems.

The US State Department approved in December the possible sale of Patriot systems to Turkey in the amount of $3.5 billion.

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