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21 July, 2019
 
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US Senator: Turkey must choose between US F-35 jets and Russian S-400

Van Hollen warned that Turkey may be subject to US sanctions

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

By Vasslis Nedos

'They can purchase the F-35s or they can purchase the S-400'

Turkey needs to choose between the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets it has ordered from the United States or the acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile system, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen told Kathimerini in a recent interview at Congress.

Van Hollen warned that Turkey may be subject to US sanctions if it buys the Russian systems under the August 2018 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which penalizes governments that buy weapons from Moscow.

“I want to be clear that I am not opposed to the sale of F-35s to Turkey. The big problem I have is that Turkey is a NATO ally and they are saying that they are planning to proceed with the purchase of the Russian S-400 system,” he told Kathimerini. “So I am very much opposed to the F-35 sale going through if the Turks follow through on their plan to purchase the Russian air defense system. The reason is that it would compromise the security of the F-35s and potentially the security of all other NATO aircraft.”

“In my view Turkey has a very simple choice. They can purchase the F-35s or they can purchase the S-400. But they can’t have both,” Van Hollen said.

The senator also said that efforts are being made to facilitate the sale of some armaments to Greece and, commenting on Greek-US relations, said the two countries have strengthened cooperation over the past several years.

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Greece  |  Defense  |  Turkey  |  Russia  |  Lockheed  |  Missile  |  Congress

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