Trump Blocks F-35s to Turkey in Retaliation for Russian Missile Sale

After firing the head of Turkey's central bank last weekend Erdogan was at it again this weekend

After firing the head of Turkey's central bank last weekend Erdogan was at it again this weekend

Turkey received more S-400 components on Tuesday with an eleventh Russian plane delivering the missile system at an airbase in capital Ankara, Turkish defence ministry said.

Turkey on Saturday received second shipment of components of Russian S-400 air defense systems, the Defense Ministry said. Turkey turned to Russian Federation after failing to reach agreement with the US on defense systems.

"The Obama administration would not sell them the Patriot missiles".

He says Turkey had ordered more than 100 F-35s but because it bought a Russian missile system, the USA can't sell it billions of dollars' worth of aircraft.

"There is strong bipartisan U.S. congressional determination to see CAATSA sanctions imposed on Turkey if Turkey acquires the S-400", Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters at the Pentagon last month.

Weiss, who is now vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said on Twitter that Trump essentially "apologizes to both [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin".

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the USA with no success, Ankara signed a contract in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400s.

Broadcaster Haberturk quoted Erdogan as telling Turkish journalists that Trump "has the authority to waive or postpone CAATSA", referring to USA sanctions created to prevent countries buying military equipment from Russian Federation.

The media reported in November 2016 that talks were underway on possible sales of Russian S-400 systems to Turkey.

Thomas Karako, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the F-35 - the most advanced fighter jet in the USA arsenal - flies with an exaggerated radar signature, making it hard to track. "But at the same time, we are concerned about the consequences", Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview Tuesday with CBC News Network's Power & Politics.

The source said that a third delivery, consisting of more than "120 anti-aircraft missiles of various types" will arrive in Turkey "tentatively at the end of the summer, by sea".

Since then, Pentagon leaders, lawmakers and State Department officials have raised concerns over the vulnerabilities posed should Turkey operate the F-35 and S-400 simultaneously.

"We are heading into a major crisis in U.S". Erdogan has said the system will be fully operational by April. They said Washington did not want to announce the sanctions too close to the anniversary to avoid further speculation in Turkey that the USA was behind the failed uprising.