Turkey calls on USA to reverse decision on F

An S-400 surface-to-air missile system Sergei Malgavko  TASS

The decision has significant implications for the cohesion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, whose central strategic goal is to defend against Russian aggression.

Pointing out that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members such as the US, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain all have Patriots, Erickson says the alliance would "obviously" prefer that Turkey "acquire Patriot missiles because they are compatible with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations' air defence systems".

Given the fact that countries in the region such as Israel, and other major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have been procuring the 5th generation fighter jets, Turkey also must include this technology into its air defense systems, he said, adding that F-16 aircraft will not be equivalent to these technologies.

Senior Turkish and U.S officials on July 18 discussed Turkey's suspension from the F-35 program, according to an official statement.

Scott's resolution also slams Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for taking the country "down a path of authoritarianism and human rights abuses", aligning itself with radical Islamist militant groups and agitating against us ally Israel.

"We're not looking at that right now", Trump told reporters at an Oval Office event to celebrate the U.S. Special Olympics team, when asked if he was considering sanctions on Turkey.

Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russian Federation in the future, further defying the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Those include Russia's growing power in the Middle East, splits between Ankara and Washington over the war in Syria, and even Erdogan's own sense of pride in the face of USA pressure to back out of his deal with Russian Federation.

The Pentagon on Wednesday said it was removing Turkey from the F-35 program, adding that Ankara would lose jobs and future economic opportunities due to the decision.

The White House earlier on Wednesday called the S-400 "a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about [the F35's] advanced capabilities".

Erickson emphasises that Turkey's S-400 acquisition is a "political problem" rather than a military problem for the US. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, in a statement on Jul. 17 that the country's involvement in the program has become "impossible". Erdogan has said the system will be fully operational by April. She refused to say whether the decision could be reversed. It makes more than 900 components for the stealth aircraft, which is sold internationally.

Moving the supply chain for the jet would also cost the United States between $500 million and $600 million, it said.

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attempted coup at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2019.

The official said the military-to-military relationship between the two countries remained strong. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee.

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The break with Turkey over its purchase of a Russian weapon system is symptomatic of a deeper division between Ankara and its Western allies and partners.

"It is separate and distinct from the broader range of security interests where the United States and Turkey work together against common threats", he said.

"It's a very, very hard situation for a lot of reasons", he told reporters in the Oval Office before a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.

"Turkey keeps studying the alternatives".

Kalin said that "unilateral impositions" would prevent the progress of Turkish-US ties.

The Turkish ministry called on the USA to show the importance of the Ankara-Washington relationship "not just through words but through action and especially in the fight against terrorist organizations".

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