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Washington to Turkey: get rid of S-400 in return for F-35 program

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The US Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, that Turkey will not re-engage in the program of production of aircraft “F-35” only after its disposal of the systems “S-400” Russian.

This came at a joint press conference with the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Danford, on Wednesday.

“They have to completely abandon the S-400 system and get it out of the country, and in this case we will assess the situation,” Esber said.

“I made it clear on both the public and private arenas with Turkish officials, either owning the F-35 or the S-400, but not both of them, you can’t put one in the depot and take out the second,” he said.

“Turkey has long been an important partner and ally, and I hope that one day it will come back to work with us in this direction.”

For his part, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Danford, Turkey is an important ally and partner in NATO, and bilateral relations are very important.

Danford said that the overlapping interests in bilateral relations between Turkey and the United States more than differences, stressing the need to focus the two countries on the future.


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