US sends message to Turkey halts F 35 equipment shipments sources

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The Pentagon confirmed the Reuters report that the equipment delivery had been stopped. Reuters reported last week that Washington was exploring whether it could remove Turkey from production of the F 35. lawmakers also have expressed alarm over Turkeys planned purchase of the Russian system. Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she was glad to hear the administration was to delay the transfer of F 35 equipment to Turkey to help ensure U. military technology and capabilities cannot fall into the hands of the Kremlin. Turkish pilots are currently training with the F 35 jets at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Twelve countries participate in the F 35 program. All of these countries except for Canada Denmark and Turkey are already receiving deliveries of the F 35. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has refused to back down from Ankaras planned purchase of a Russian S 35 aircraft. Reuters reported last week that Washington was exploring whether it could remove Turkey from production of the F 35

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