USA: Turkey must choose berween F-35 or S-400
The U.S. ambassador to NATO told CNBC that Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system could help the Kremlin in its bid to weaken NATO.
Turkish officials reportedly have until the end of this week to cancel the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system and instead buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile.
U.S. officials see Ankara’s purchase of the missile system as a pivot toward warmer ties with Moscow. Turkey’s integration of the Russian S-400 system is viewed as a direct threat to the security of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet program which Turkey is a part of.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. NATO ambassador and former U.S. senator, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble Tuesday that Russia is trying to “continue to probe ways” to disrupt and weaken the NATO alliance, adding that a Russian missile system under the same military control as an F-35 fighter jet was unacceptable.
“You have to make a choice. You can have one or the other but not both,” she said, before repeating that Turkey stands to “lose association” with the F-35s that they have already ordered.
You may be interested
Cafes, restaurants reopening with strict safety rulesPanos - May 25, 2020
Greece’s cafes and restaurants are reopening for business on Monday following a long hiatus, as they closed just over two…
Sea transport to all Greek islands resumesPanos - May 25, 2020
The reopening of traveling to and from all Greek islands resumed on Monday, as citizens had so far only been…
EU strongly condemns Turkish violations of Greek airspace and territorial water and oil drilling plans in Cypriot EEZPanos - May 25, 2020
The EU Foreign Affairs Council expressed strong condemnation of the violations of Greek airspace and territorial waters of Greece, as…