Turkey has blasted the US decision to kick it out of the F-35 fighter jet program, in response to Ankara buying Russian S-400 air defense systems, as a mistake that will cause permanent damage to the US-Turkish relations.

“This unilateral step is incompatible with the spirit of alliance and does not rely on any legitimate justification,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a strong-worded statement Wednesday, shortly after the White House officially banished Turkey from the fifth-generation stealth jet program.

“We call on the United States to come back from this mistake that will cause irreparable wounds in our strategic relations,” it said.

The ministry dismissed as “invalid” American claims that the delivery of the Russia-made air and missile defense complexes, which began last week, would compromise F-35 and NATO security.

All attempts by Ankara to reach out to Washington in hopes to resolve the issue amicably have fallen on deaf ears, with the US not showing any interest in setting up a working group within NATO, Turkey said.

This lack of willingness to negotiate is “the most obvious indicator of the prejudice on the US side and the lack of will to resolve the issue in good faith.”

After repeatedly threatening that Turkey would be removed from the F-35 program if it went ahead with taking delivery of the S-400s, Washington did just that, citing concerns that the Russian technology can be used to gain intelligence on the jet’s “advanced capabilities.”

While cutting Turkey off, the US said it could still be reinstated in the F-35 program – if it ditches the Russian missiles, something that the Turkish government has ruled out. Moreover, Ankara hinted it would want to go “much further” in its “joint weapons production” with Moscow.

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Source: RT

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Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

Ankara hinted it would want to go “much further” in its “joint weapons production” with Moscow! Hope some one will hold a Mirror to Turki & ErDOG. Turkey’s currency remains severely battered, while its foreign debts remain huge beyond servicing in near future and only can keep increasing more & more until collapse. Inflation and joblessness are alarmingly high which means more people will come to the streets protesting which is very conducive for the Jihadis. Economic growth is minimal, and public anxiety considerable amid the sense that more trouble lies ahead. Foreign investors are already shiet scared now to… Read more »

Renegade Dalek
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Renegade Dalek

The most optimistic headlines are printed just before the capital city falls to invaders

al-Nakba v2.0
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al-Nakba v2.0

+++ “Turks have also started clandestine oil drilling & stealing the Oil from Cyprus off the coast of Cyprus and it hasn’t gone well with the EU nations which will impose sanctions to support the complaint lodged by Cyprus by boycotting the Turkish goods to be imported into EU. US is planning to impose sanctions on Turki for the purchase of S 400. Double Whammy.” >>> well, they don’t do clandestine oil drilling, they publicly drill for gas with Navy vessel escort and into Cyprus EEZ. Note these are research ships : Turkey is not geared to pump gas at… Read more »

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al-Nakba v2.0

Turkey Dismisses EU Sanctions, as Tensions Escalate over Cyprus https://www.voanews.com/europe/turkey-dismisses-eu-sanctions-tensions-escalate-over-cyprus Totally foolish! Cavusoglu has probably not even red the draft : it starts with SYMBOLIC SANCTIONS in a “let’s see how they react” pattern : If Turkey backs up, it’d be lifted, if Turkey doesn’t , sanctions will get stronger, if Turkey double downs, as it’s doing, then sanctions will start to be some really biting ones. Seems than Ankara doesn’t gets that EU will NEVER let the republic of Cyprus down, we simply can’t allow anything like this, I mean dropping an EU country under aggression for some business… Read more »

Renegade Dalek
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Renegade Dalek

Turkeys’s posture seems to be that of a foot stomping hysterical teenage girl being denied a second pony. Leaving NATO will probably give Russia to Mediterranean ports. And any showdown with NATO will give Russia a convenient battlefield off its own territory.

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NATO surely would prefer Russia than Iran or Erdogan and his Muslim Brotherhood/AKP re-creating an Ottomaniac Empire…
Moreover, the crazy Erdogan bid as shown on Turkish TV :
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will just lead to balkanisation of Turkey in a pattern close to the Sèvres Treaty
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There are much less opposition than many think between Russia, EU and USA, in fact, our strategic interests are the same…