U.S president Trump formally expels Turkey from F-35 Programme. The announcement of Turkey’s removal from program was made after Ankara purchased Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.
Turkish pilots and maintenance staff who were sent to the U.S. to train on the platform are being notified that they will have to leave the country by the end of the month.
Turkey is calling on the U.S. to correct its mistake of removing the country from the F-35 fighter jet program, “which will irreparably damage relations”, the Foreign Ministry said
The ministry highlighted that the U.S. must show the importance it attaches to Turkey’s friendship not just with rhetoric but with actions, especially in the fight against Daesh, the PKK/PYD/YPG and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).
The Trump administration had threatened to expel Turkey from the F-35 fighter program if it acquired the S-400 from Russia, warning the system could be used by Moscow to covertly attain secret information on the stealth fighter.
The delivery of S-400 components began last week and is ongoing with 14 shipments of related equipment so far having landed in Turkey over the last six days.