The U.S. Congress froze the supply of Turkey F-35 because of the procurement of C-400

© Photo : U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andrew LeeАмериканские the fifth generation fighter F-35. Archive photoThe U.S. Congress froze the supply of Turkey F-35 because of the procurement of C-400© Photo : U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee

The U.S. Congress froze the supply of Turkey, the fifth generation fighter F-35 because of Turkey’s intention to buy Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 «Triumph». About it reports The Washington Times.

Corresponding amendment made in the latest version of the defense budget of the USA for 2019, it was approved in both houses of Congress.

The final decision on the fate of the F-35 will be decided after the Pentagon analyse the consequences of the cancellation of the supply.

According to The Hill, the Agency must within 90 days provide to the Congress a report on how the termination of the participation of Turkey in the F-35 may affect the relations between Ankara and Washington, as well as the country’s plans to purchase Russian s-400.

While earlier, the Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has urged the congressmen to abandon the idea of a ban of deliveries of the F-35.

In December 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a credit agreement on anti-aircraft missile systems s-400. Ankara would buy the two batteries in SAM that will be covered by Turkish personnel. The parties also agreed on technological cooperation in development of production of s-400 to Turkey.

America and other NATO representatives have repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the supply of Russian systems in Turkey. The head of the Alliance’s cyber defence Christian Liflander stressed that Russian-made weapons are hardly compatible with the relevant systems, consisting on arms of the countries — members of NATO. As stated by the Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Ankara will take action against Washington if delivery of fighters will be blocked. As a possible alternative, he said the cooperation in this area with Russia.

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