June 25, 2019 / 9:56 AM / a month ago

Turkey will lose F-35 warplane if Russia arms deal goes ahead, U.S. says

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) - The United States cannot allow Turkey to fly or help produce its F-35 stealth jets if Ankara goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian air defence system, America’s envoy to NATO said on Tuesday.

“There will be a disassociation with the F-35 system, we cannot have the F-35 affected or destabilised by having this Russian system in the (NATO) alliance,” U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters. (Reporting by Robin Emmott Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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