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US Warns Turkey Not To Buy Russian S-400 Missile System

Accepted submission by Arthur T Knackerbracket at 2019-03-06 10:33:33



Moving forward with the deal will jeopardise the F-35 fighter jet purchase and other future arms transfers, US says.

The United States [] warned Turkey [] against moving ahead with plans to buy a sophisticated Russian missile defence system that the Pentagon believes would threaten its advanced F-35 fighter aircraft.

The State Department made the remarks on a day when the head of US European Command spoke to politicians on Capitol Hill and said Turkey should reconsider its plan to buy the S-400 [] from Russia this year.

"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 programme, and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey," said deputy spokesman Robert Palladino on Tuesday.

The US agreed to sell 100 of its latest fifth-generation F-35 fighters to Turkey and has so far delivered two of the aircraft. But Congress last year ordered a delay in future deliveries.

Russia's S-400 is a massive upgrade to the S-300 [] missile defence system, its predecessor. Because of its capabilities, countries such as China, Saudi Arabia [], Turkey, India [] and Qatar [] have said they want to buy the S-400.

Those stating such intentions, however, have been threatened with some kind of diplomatic retaliation from the US or other NATO nations.

The S-400 can track a large number of potential targets, including stealth targets such as the US F-35 fighter jet.

Other advantages included its high mobility, meaning it can be set up, fired and moved within minutes.

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