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The White House said Wednesday (July 17, 2019) that it will not sell Turkey F-35 fighter jets and will not be allowed to participate in the development program of these aircraft, because of the purchase of Russian missile defense system S-400, which will be "used to penetrate" the technological secrets of this fighter the ghost.

"Unfortunately, Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian S-400 air defense system makes its participation in the F-35 program impossible," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Gresham said in a statement."He said. "The F-35 can not be located in one place with a Russian intelligence gathering platform that will be used to identify its advanced capabilities"He said.

But the spokeswoman stressed that the United States "will continue to cooperate with Turkey on a large scale, aware of the limitations of the presence of the S-400 system in Turkey." The White House said that Turkey's decision to buy and receive the Russian missile defense system S400 – means that it can not be part of the program F-35 fighter jets.

The White House said the relationship with NATO member Turkey was "multi-level" and that cooperation would continue "taking into account the restrictions because of the S-400 system." "The acceptance of the S-400 undermines the commitments made by all NATO allies to each other by avoiding Russian regimes"He said.

The announcement appeared to illustrate President Trump's position on whether Turkey could continue to participate in the program, under which Ankara was to manufacture some components and buy the plane.

The Pentagon has already taken steps to get Turkey out of the F-35, but has continued to encourage Ankara to reverse its decision to receive the S-400. The first parts of the S-400 air defense system have reached a military base north West of Ankara on Friday, in implementation of Turkey's agreement with Russia, which the United States sought for months to prevent.

"The United States and its partners in the F-35 program are in agreement to suspend Turkey's participation in the program and start a process of formally excluding it," said Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defense for Procurement. The program is officially completed by March of 2020.

(Dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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