S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program – Retired Turkish General


US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

Earlier, CNBC, citing informed sources, reported that Washington gave Ankara two weeks to abandon the deal with Russia and purchase American Patriot systems. Otherwise, the US will exclude Turkey from the F-35 program.

However, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kıran denied this information during a press conference in Washington, stressing that there was no such official statement from the US side.

Erdogan Karakush, a retired Lieutenant-General of the Turkish Air Force, and now the chairman of the Turkish Union of retired officers commented on the statement by Morgan Ortagus and the US position on this issue, in general, saying that it’s not legally justified.

US Gave Turkey No Official Ultimatum to Ditch S-400 Deal — Turkish Deputy FM

“No information on the F-35 can be obtained through the S-400. All this is just an excuse. The main goal of Americans is to suspend the deliveries of F-35 to Turkey. In this situation, it is necessary to pay attention not only to the position of the United States, but also Israel and Greece, which are interested in obtaining…

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