REUTERS: US STOPS SUPPLY OF F-35 PARTS




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- According to Reuters’ sources who wanted to remain anonymous, US has halted its delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey due to plans of the latter to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems.

In the past weeks, Senator James Lankford stated that a bipartisan group of US senators introduced legislation to block the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey over its decision to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems.

This comes after Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan decided not to abandon plans to buy the Russian system despite US claims that the S-400s may compromise the security of their F-35s.

Commenting on the planned purchase, Turkish Foreign Minister stated last Friday that his country purchases Russia's S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems for its own needs and there will be no reselling.