Pompeo underscores “seriousness of US concerns” over Turkey’s Russian S-400 deal

On a trip to Turkey, new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo conveyed Washington’s serious concerns over Turkey’s planned acquisition of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, which Ankara says is a done deal. If Ankara were to acquire both the S-400 and U.S.-built F-35 fighter jets and were to test the warplanes against the missile system, Turkey might end up passing sensitive F-35 technology to Russia, bne IntelliNews reports. Currently, there is a bill in the U.S. Congress that would block the delivery of F-35s to Turkey over another issue — the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

 

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