Pence, Pompeo warn Turkey, as do US Congressmen

Turkey's marriage of F-35 and S-400 'absolutely unsustainable,' says EUCOM nominee

A senior State Department also said this week in a briefing that Ankara could face USA sanctions if it goes ahead with the S-400 deal.

"And we can not ensure the defense of the west if our allies grow dependent on Russian Federation and if Germany persists in building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as President Trump has said", Pence stated.

Germany was the only country out of these major powers to say they were more unwilling than willing to defend the US, 43 per cent to 32 per cent; by contrast, 54 per cent of Americans think they should defend Germany should she find herself attacked by Russian Federation.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ruled out a change of heart, saying: "The S-400 deal is a done deal and we will not step back from this", he said.

Shanahan added that he expected the delivery of F-35s now at Luke Air Force base to Turkey.

Mr Cavusoglu met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose Democratic chairman and ranking Republican member said they "made clear our bipartisan opposition" to Turkey's plan to acquire the Russian missile system.

Yet even as the Trump administration has kept the option open for Turkey to buy the Patriot system, Ankara appears to be bucking the offer.

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.

Earlier this week, Reuters reported that the United States halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey. The potential economic opportunities between Turkey and the United States were also a focus of the discussion.

Turkey and Russian Federation have conducted three coordinated patrols in the mainly Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian region of Tel Rifaat and plan to continue the patrols, the sources said.

The U.S. had agreed to sell Turkey 100 of the fifth-generation aircraft made by Lockheed Martin, initially planning to deliver two aircraft to Turkey in June. "This is not a choice for us", he said. "Does it want to remain a critical partner in the most successful military alliance in history or does it want to risk the security of that partnership by making such reckless decisions that undermine our alliance?"

Acting Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told reporters during a briefing Thursday that the base's pilot training program for Turkey is ongoing.

"It is time to stop bringing back the 'Eastern threat.' In the interest of peace, the world needs a de-escalation of military and political tensions", the foreign ministry said.

"Turkey is a partner in the supply chain in the Joint Strike Fighter, so we not only have to look at whether we can transfer those assets to Turkey, but we also have to determine what role Turkey could play in the supply chain", Tillis said.

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