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US lawmakers try to discourage Turkey from pursuing S-400 deal

US lawmakers try to discourage Turkey from pursuing S-400 deal

Senior Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives called on Turkey on Wednesday to cancel its planned acquisition of a Russian S-400 missile defense system.
16.05.2019 - 10:09

US’ House of Representatives introduced a resolution urging Turkey to avoid a military relationship with Russia that could jeopardize the US-Turkey partnership and Turkey’s role in NATO.


“Cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin is unacceptable,” Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

US officials have tried Turkey to cancel its purchase of the S-400 system or risk its position as both a prospective buyer and partner in production of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet. They say Turkey’s plan to buy the S-400 would compromise the security of the jets and want Ankara to buy a US missile defense system instead.

Members of Congress have tried a variety of approaches to "convince" Turkey to cancel the sale, including introducing legislation that would bar the federal government from spending any money to deliver any F-35 jets to Turkey.