VP Pence slams Germany over defense spending, ties to Russian Federation

VP Pence slams Germany over defense spending, ties to Russian Federation

"And nobody, neither the West nor Russian Federation, can ask us to choose between", Cavusoglu said.

Turkey, which has been a vital partner in the F-35 program, once again reminded the USA on Wednesday that its S-400 purchase was a "done deal".

"Because Turkey is not just an F-35 purchaser, but an industrial partner, blocking delivery of these systems represents a major escalation by the United States as it threatens to impose serious costs on both sides", Hunter said.

He added that the US notified the Turkish government this week that it would be "immediately suspending shipments of all F-35 joint strike fighter-related equipment to Turkey".

Cavusoglu also met Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose Democratic chairman and ranking Republican member said they "made clear our bipartisan opposition" to Turkey's plan to acquire the Russian missile system.

Turkey has engaged with USA negotiators in recent days about buying the Patriot system, a person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

"At Lockheed Martin", Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson declared at the event, "our hope is that the F-35 will continue to strengthen the mission and the values of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, our relationship with Turkey and the cause of peace in the region and around the world".

Pence's stark warning comes as Washington and Ankara remain at loggerheads over Turkey's plan to buy the air defense system from Russian Federation, which Washington believes would compromise the security of its F-35 fighter jets, made by Lockheed Martin.

The Trump administration has made great strides in recent months to transform the cash-strapped and perpetually ailing North Atlantic Treaty Organization into a viable global military force that has the capabilities to confront Russian Federation and other rogue regimes allied with terror forces.

Cavusoglu said Turkey's chief prosecutor has yet to make a decision as to whether or not to release any additional details about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Turkey must choose. Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance..."

US officials have told Turkey it can not have both.

"And even President Trump admitted on the phone that it was the mistake of the previous administration of United States that they couldn't sell Patriots to us".

"Turkey was on board the F-35 program from day one", says Loren Thompson, CEO of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank that receives some of its funding from F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

The state has also carried two-cross border operations in the region.

"We've taken the fight to radical Islamist terrorists on our terms, on their soil", Pence said. Washington and Ankara are trying to work out an agreement that will alleviate Turkey's security concerns along its border with northern Syria and protect America's Kurdish allies from a threatened Turkish military offensive.

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