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Pence, Pompeo warn Turkey, as do US Congressmen

Pence, Pompeo warn Turkey, as do US Congressmen

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he expected to solve a dispute with Turkey over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system, a day after the United States halted the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 aircraft to Ankara.

"I expect we'll solve the problem so they have the right defense equipment in terms of Patriots and F-35s", acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said at the Pentagon, at nearly the same time Wolters was testifying on Capitol Hill. Washington has sought to persuade Turkey to purchase the Patriot defense system, instead of S-400s.

Meanwhile, Turkey plans to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the U.S., and its pilots are training on the weapons platform at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona of the US.

Turkey, however, has said the system is insufficient for its needs.

Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry, however, balked at Palladino's description of the conversation between the two men, saying it was "obviously prepared before the meeting" was held.

USA lawmakers also have expressed alarm over Turkey's planned purchase of the Russian system.

US President Donald Trump admitted that the previous US administration headed by Barack Obama had made a mistake not selling the Patriot surface-to-air missile system to Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Washington on Wednesday.

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The US said on Monday that it was halting shipment of F-35 parts to Turkey as well as joint manufacturing work due to Ankara's purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russian Federation.

Secretary Pompeo called for the swift resolution of cases involving unjustly detained U.S. citizens, including Serkan Golge, as well as our local staff from the U.S. Mission in Turkey.

Vice President Mike Pence, in wide-ranging remarks on Wednesday before a gathering of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in Washington, D.C., outlined a series of reforms the Trump administration has taken to boost NATO's military readiness and position it as a force that can combat Russian aggression, as well as that of regional terror groups. The potential economic opportunities between Turkey and the United States were also a focus of the discussion.

According to Scaparrotti, the presence of the S-400 in such close proximity to the F-35 provides a greater opportunity to analyze the aircraft and its capabilities.

Summers said the Pentagon has no immediate plans to take back the first two Lightning II jets that belong to Turkey. Asked if Turkey would abide by the committee if it decided the Americans were correct and that the missile defense system could compromise the F-35, the foreign minister said "of course, it is our proposal". The base already had two jets belonging to Turkey for the worldwide training program. Akar has indicated that Turkey's S-400 site will be ready by October.

The Turkish military completed preparations for a cross border operation to the region east of the Euphrates River to clear PKK-affiliated terrorists, which have been posing a national security threat for Ankara, out of northern Syria. "This is not a choice for us", he said.

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