U.S. Asks Turkey Delay Taking Delivery Of Russian Missile; Ankara Unlikely To Back Down

www.oann.com | 3/11/2019 | Staff
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has asked Turkey to delay taking delivery of the S-400 Russian missile defense system, currently scheduled for July, in return for potentially approving the formation of a working group that Ankara has sought to establish, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

But a senior Turkish official reiterated Ankara’s position that it would not back down from its planned purchase of the system, a procurement that has widened a diplomatic rift between the two NATO allies.

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“We will buy the s-400s in July. Our position has not changed,” he said.

But the source said talks on the issue continued.

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U.S. officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system “deeply problematic,” saying it would risk Ankara’s partnership in the joint strike fighter F-35 program because it would compromise the jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

The United States and other NATO allies that own F-35s fear the radar on the system will learn how to spot and track the jet, making it less able to evade Russian weapons.

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