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US presses Turkey: It’s either F-35s or S-400s

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Amid sound and fury over looming key presidential and parliamentary elections, there are some very important developments in the field of foreign policy that carry the risk of further deteriorating ties between Turkey and the United States. The state of bilateral relations between the two NATO allies constitutes a difficult complexity due to many mingled problems.

The latest is a measure added to a U.S. Senate committee defense policy bill by two senators - one Democratic and the other Republican - that stipulates preventing Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

The two motives behind this move are the continued detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson and Turkey’s procurement of S-400 anti-ballistic missile system from Russia. Brunson has been in jail since late 2016 on terror-related charges and could be sentenced to up to 35 years in jail. His detention continues to be one of the top issues in any bilateral conversation between Ankara and Washington, particularly after U.S. President Donald Trump........

© Hürriyet Daily News