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ANKARA - U.S. officials are telling Turkey that it would be "impossible" to pass the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets through Congress due to Ankara's procurement of S-400 defense systems from Russia, but Turkey is working to resolve the issue, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday.
Speaking at an interview with the state-owned Anadolu news agency, Akar said Turkey was trying to establish an environment where its purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia did not impact its procurement of the F-35 jets.
Talks with the United States on purchasing Raytheon Co. Patriot defense systems are continuing, Akar said, adding that the S-400 systems would begin to be installed in October.
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