Head of Defense Committee of Russian Parliament: We do not rule out retreat of Turkey from purchase of S-400

"We do not rule out Turkey's retreat from the purchase of the S-400 missile system," the head of the Defense Committee of the Russian parliament, Viktor Ponderov, said.

The Pentagon has announced earlier that "the United States has stopped supplying equipment for F-35 aircraft to Turkey because of the Turkish government's plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile system." The United States has informed Turkey that products associated with F-35 delivery plans will not be sent to Ankara anymore.

"We do not rule out Turkey's retreat from the purchase of the S-400 missile system," said the head of the Defense Committee of the Russian parliament, Viktor Ponderov.

"Turkey's purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia may lead to US sanctions," a US official said.

US officials told their Turkish counterparts in the past few days that they would not receive other shipments of F-35 equipment needed to prepare for Lockheed Martin's stealth aircraft, two sources told Reuters.

"Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to drop S-400 shipments, shipments and activities related to Turkey's capabilities to operate F-35s will be halted," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews said in a statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to back down on Ankara's plans to buy the Russian S-400 missile defense system, which the United States says will undermine F-35 security.

The US decision on F-35s is expected to complicate Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishoglu's visit to Washington this week to attend a NATO summit.

The Source: Agencies

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