US Senators Try to Block Sale of F-35 to Turkey

A legislation was proposed by a number of senators on Thursday in hopes of blocking the sales of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey as tensions in this regard have arisen over the latter’s determination to buy Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.

“Turkey is an important NATO ally and willing partner in addressing a number of US national security priorities,” said Senator James Lankford in a press release, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.

The senator, meanwhile, expressed concerns over Ankara’s plan to purchase Russia’s S-400, saying that Russia “seeks to undermine NATO and the US interests at every turn,” according to the report.

“The prospect of Russia having access to U.S. aircraft and technology in a NATO country, Turkey, is a serious national and global security risk,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The US has repeatedly warned its NATO ally of buying the Russian defense systems and threatened to halt the transfer of the F-35 if Turkey makes such a move. Source