U.S. has warned Turkey over purchase of Russian air defense system: State Department

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that Washington has made clear to Turkey that if it proceeds with the purchase of a Russian air defense system the United States will have to reassess Ankara’s participation in the F-35 fighter program.

“We’ve clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the (Russian) S-400 (air defense system) will result in a reassessment of Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program and risk other potential future arm transfers to Turkey,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told a briefing.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Lisa Lambert

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