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The U.S. to bar sale of fighter aircraft to Turkey

During the debates on the draft National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), both chambers of the US Congress took parallel initiatives to bar the delivery of F-35 advanced fighter aircraft to Turkey.

In the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis submitted an amendment asking the secretary of defence to prepare a plan to exclude Turkey from the F-35 programme.

Dure 3cTillis said the amendment was proposed as a reaction to Turkey’s detention of an American pastor and purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence missiles.

The draft NDAA adopted in the House of Representatives includes a report saying that “Turkish-American relations are strained because of…

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