Senators Introduce Bill To Stop Transfer Of F-35s To Turkey

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Published on March 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

Senators Introduce Bill To Stop Transfer Of F-35s To Turkey

​The bill seeks to withhold funding towards the transfer of F-35s to Turkey unless it abandons its deal to buy a Russian missile defense system.

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Senators Introduce Bill To Stop Transfer Of F-35s To Turkey

A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a bill to prohibit the U.S. from delivering F-35 jets to Turkey until the country abandons its deal to buy a Russian missile defense system.

On Thursday, lawmakers introduced  the bill  which seeks to withhold any funding towards the transfer of F-35s to Turkey unless President Donald Trump "[certifies] to Congress that the Government of Turkey does not plan or intend to accept delivery of the S–400 air defense system." Some U.S. officials are concerned if Turkey purchases the Russian-made S-400 missile system then  Russia could gather technical information on the F-35s .

One of the senators sponsoring the bill  said in a statement , "Make no mistake – the Kremlin is an adversary of the United States and many of our NATO allies.

The prospect of Russia having access to U.S. aircraft and technology in a NATO country, Turkey, is a serious national and global security risk." Turkey is one of nine countries involved in the F-35's development, and the U.S. has agreed to sell the country 100 of its latest fifth-generation fighter jets.

Only two of the aircrafts have been delivered so far, as Congress ordered a delay in future deliveries last year.

Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey and Russia have already reached an agreement on the S-400 system, and that there was "no turning back."

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