Turkey and the US continue to discuss Ankara’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air-defense system.
The US has said the S-400 would compromise the F-35 fighter and threaten to exclude Turkey from the F-35 program, but Ankara has refused to budge and vowed to go ahead with the purchase.
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Turkey and the US are discussing setting up a working group to assess the impact of Ankara’s purchase of Russian missile-defense systems, but Turkey will not delay their delivery, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.
Tensions between Turkey and the US are running high over Ankara’s decision to buy the S-400 missile system, which is not compatible with NATO systems.
US officials say Turkey’s purchase would jeopardize its role in building F-35 fighter jets as well as its purchase of the aircraft, which Washington says would be compromised by the presence of the S-400s.
The US and other NATO allies that…