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Turkey Threatens Legal Action Against the US for Blocking F-35 Fighter Jet Deal

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Turkey intends to take legal actions against the United States if Trump administration tries to prevent the delivery of US F-35 fighter jets to Ankara. This was reported by the Sabah newspaper, according to the spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan – Ibrahim Kalyn.

“The F-35 is a joint project, and Turkey will take legal action if any steps are taken to prevent the supply of the F-35,” Kalyn said.

Erdogan said on July 29 that Turkey will appeal to the International Court of Arbitration if the United States refuses to supply F-35 jets to Ankara. The President also stressed that Turkey “may consider alternatives” to F-35, in an indirect reference to Russian fighters.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell warned that Turkey’s acquisition of S-400 would lead to Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara and major differences in bilateral relations. In addition, as Mitchell stressed, the US can refuse to transfer F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as Ankara is also procuring S-400 defence systems from Russia.

According to the NTV channel, Kalyn also remarked that the tension between Turkey and the US does not affect the American-Turkish roadmap on the Syrian city of Manbij, according to which Kurdish units from the “People’s Self-Defense Forces” must leave the region in northern Syria.

As EurAsian Times reported earlier, US Congress is intending to block the sales of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. According to House Armed Services Committee senior aides, the Pentagon must first submit a report to the legislators about the “overall strategic alliance with Turkey,” all international military hardware sales to Ankara and their choice to purchase the Russian S-400 air-defence system.

The move was made in spite of Defense Secretary James Mattis’s request. The Pentagon chief had urged legislators not to obstruct the sale of the F-35 Jets, contending that it could start a “supply chain disruption” and drive their price higher.

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