Pentagon is considering imposing financial sanctions on Turkish companies

Washington is considering imposing financial sanctions on Turkish companies behind the manufacture of parts of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet, a senior Pentagon official said.

Reuters quoted US Undersecretary of Defense Allen Lord as saying that US officials had urged Turkey to abandon plans to purchase Russian air defense system S-400.

A joint US government group is considering imposing possible sanctions against a large number of Turkish companies under the Anti-American Opponents Act, Allen Lord said.

The Pentagon gave Turkey until the end of July to stop buying Russian S-400 missiles.

If Turkey does not abandon the purchase of the S-400 system by July 31, Turkish pilots trained in the United States on F-35 aircraft will be expelled, and subcontracts awarded to Turkish companies for the manufacture of F- 35 will be closed."

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