Trump says "not fair" that U.S. can't sell F-35s to Turkey

By REUTERS
July 24, 2019 17:50
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US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it is "not fair" to either Turkey or the United States that Washington cannot sell Ankara billions of dollars worth of F-35 fighter jets after it bought a Russian air defense system.

Turkey started taking delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense system last week in defiance of US warnings that doing so would mean the Pentagon would kick it out of the F-35 stealth fighter program and that it could be subject to sanctions.Washington's concern is that deploying the S-400 with the F-35 would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of the stealth system.

Buying military equipment from Russia also leaves the NATO member liable to US sanctions retribution under a 2017 law known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.

"It's a very tough situation that they're in, and it's a very tough situation that we've been placed in in the United States ... we'll see what happens. But it's not really fair," Trump told reporters at a Cabinet meeting at the White House.


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