If Turkey does not refuse from intentions to purchase Russian anti-aircraft warfare system, the U.S. will not allow armed forces of the country to use F-35 jet and participate in programs of its development, as Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, said in Brussels, Voice of America reported.
“Everything demonstrates that Russia intends to deliver the system to Turkey and this will have consequences… there will be some exceptions (Turkey, - ed.) from F-35 system, we can’t let S-400 enter the Alliance and damage F-35 project and destabilize it,” the message reads.
As it was reported, Washington and its allies urged Ankara not to accept the S-400 system. The U.S. believes that the use of the system might allow learning to identify F-35 which are built in a way which prevents tracking enemy’s radars and heat sensors.
President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to purchase S-400 despite the concern of the allies.
“Turley is not a country which should seek for solutions or bow down before pressure. S-400 are connected with our sovereignty, and we will not take any step back,” Erdoğan added.
Turkey informed that its agreement with Russia on S-400 is final. Therefore, the country has enhanced diplomatic split with the U.S.