Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Doubts US Will Remove Ankara From F-35 Jet Programme

Turkish parliamentary speaker Mustafa Sentop has argued, in a comment to Sputnik, that the United States will not follow through on its threat to kick Turkey out of the F-35 fighter jet programme over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems.

“Turkey being kicked on the sidelines and saying we are not providing F35 is scandalous as far as the international trade… is concerned. I don’t think at the end of the day something like that will be happening”, he said.

Sentop pointed out that the United States could not legally remove Turkey from the F-35 training programme because it helped build and paid for the aircraft.

“F35 project has partners and Turkey is one of those partners. Therefore the US doesn’t own that project 100%, it is not [as] if they are selling something [that is] 100% their own”, he noted.

He speculated that the United States had a hidden political agenda when it came to the S-400 dispute. He said Greece and Bulgaria had an earlier version of S-400 missiles but NATO did not seem to have an issue with them.

The United States claims that S-400 systems are not compatible with NATO defences and may compromise the F-35 stealthy jet project. Washington said in June it would not accept more Turkish pilots for F-35 training unless it abandoned the agreement with Russia.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on 29 June during a briefing at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, that Ankara will not step back on the S-400 deal with Russia. He also stressed that his country had paid for F-35 fighters and expects them to be delivered.

1 thought on “Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Doubts US Will Remove Ankara From F-35 Jet Programme

  1. It is about time that the USA realised that Turkey is no longer a trusted ally to the West and its values. We, the Greek Cypriot in the free part of Cyprus, as well as the few Turkish Cypriot that still remain in the northern occupied part of the island, know very well that Erdoğan megalomania cannot be curtailed and soon he shall be a threat not only to his neighbours but also many others. The saddest of all is that it is not just Erdoğan, but many others around him, including his foreign affairs minister, who have become a menace to peace and stability in the region with threats and acts that violate international law. In doing so, if course, they intetmrprete, international law in a way that suits their invalid arguments. May God help us!

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