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NATO Envoy Explains Why US Concerned by S-400 Proximity to F-35 in Turkey

© Airman 1st Class Lillian MillerF-35 Lightning aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., prepare for takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft evacuated to Barksdale to avoid possible damage from Hurricane Michael.
F-35 Lightning aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., prepare for takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft evacuated to Barksdale to avoid possible damage from Hurricane Michael. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is worried about the proximity of Russian S-400 air defence systems to US F-35 jets in Turkey because of a possible transfer or disruption of data, United States Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters.

"The United States is very concerned about Turkey having our F-35s in proximity to S-400 Russian system because there could be a transfer of information, communications or even interruption of that," Hutchison said on Tuesday. "It's a very serious issue."

People wander around a life-size model of US planemaker Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II 5th generation fighter plane during the Farnborough aerospace show, in Farnborough, England - Sputnik International
US Senators Introduce Bill to Stop F-35 Jets' Transfer to Turkey Amid S-400 Row
Previously, Washington halted shipments of equipment related to the fifth generation F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey over the country's plans to purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems.

Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement for the supply of S-400 air defence systems in 2017. In early March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed that the deal with Russia on deliveries of the S-400 air defence systems was completed, and said a new deal on purchases of advanced Russian-made S-500 systems could be possible in future.

READ MORE: Acting US Defence Chief Expects Turkey to Purchase Patriot Instead of S-400s

A State Department official told Sputnik on Monday that the US government warned Ankara that it could face even more consequences including sanctions for purchasing Russian S-400 systems.

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