05:34 GMT +321 September 2019
Listen Live
    Lockeed Martin F-35

    Turkish FM Reveals Date of US F-35 First Delivery to Ankara

    © Photo: Lockheed Martin
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    3314
    Subscribe

    ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey expects the first delivery of US F-35 stealth fighter planes on June 21 this year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding that the agreement between Ankara and Washington on jets remained in force.

    "We told [the United States] that we do not respond well to threats. As of F-35, we have already signed the deal. … For June 21, there is going be a transfer for the F-35s. There is no negative development," Cavusoglu told reporters following his meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Washington.

    On May 24, US Senate Armed Services Committee released details of its version of annual defense policy bill. The draft, in particular, implies that the delivery of US F-35 jets to Turkey should be suspended in response to Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 anti-missile systems.

    In December 2017, Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement to supply S-400s to Ankara. The deal triggered disagreements between Ankara and Washington, with the latter threatening to impose sanctions against Turkey, as the United States believes that the weapon was incompatible with NATO defenses.

    Related:

    Turkey Admits 'Tension' With US Over F-35 Deal
    Erdogan Again Warns US Not to Abandon F-35 Deal Over S-400 Supplies to Turkey
    'Just the Start': US-Turkey F-35 Row May Be Followed by Sanctions - Prof
    Turkey Threatens to Deny US Access to Incirlik Base Amid F-35 Deal Tensions
    Israel Wants US to Keep F-35 'Upgrade Capabilities' Secret From Turkey – Reports
    Tags:
    deal, delivery, F-35, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik