Turkey slams US as having 'no clear strategy' on Syria

F-35 Lightning aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base Fla. prepare for takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base La. Oct. 12 2018. The aircraft evacuated to Barksdale to avoid possible damage from Hurricane Michael

Ankara's decision to procure the Russian S-400 defense system has led to significantly strained ties with the USA, and Washington earlier this week suspended delivery of parts and services necessary to Turkey's receipt of the stealth fighter jet.

US President Donald Trump admitted that the previous US administration headed by Barack Obama had made a mistake not selling the Patriot surface-to-air missile system to Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Washington on Wednesday.

Following protracted efforts to purchase air defense systems from the US with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase the Russian S-400 air defense system.

The freeze on related equipment remains in place, but officials determined that the delivery of additional jets to Luke's training program "didn't pose risk" to the US, the official said.

Pence described the purchase as "deeply troubling" and said it "poses great danger to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to the strength of the alliance". Senior US politicians said they cautioned Mr Cavusoglu that deepening ties with Moscow "will risk sanctions and Turkey's involvement in the F-35 programme". "And it is moving ahead with these plans even after the United States offered to sell Turkey the Patriot air defense system".

Turkey has continued to maintain that it has the right under worldwide law to defend against national security threats including any potential danger posed in northern Syria.

The US Defense Department had planned to deliver the first two F-35 jets to Turkey in June, after Turkish pilots finish training on the fifth-generation aircraft at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

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The United States on Monday suspended Turkey´s participation in the F-35 fighter-jet program over the deal with Russian Federation. "But it doesn't mean that we are undermining the alliance and we agree with Russian Federation on everything".

Cavusoglu said it was "unacceptable" for the U.S. to insist Turkey could not buy a defence system from another country but would not sell any to Ankara either.

Turkey has engaged with USA negotiators in recent days about buying the Patriot system, a person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

The Trump administration has made great strides in recent months to transform the cash-strapped and perpetually ailing North Atlantic Treaty Organization into a viable global military force that has the capabilities to confront Russian Federation and other rogue regimes allied with terror forces.

He told reporters that the USA has made it clear to Turkey that the F-35 and the S-400 are incompatible systems, "but we're still working our way through that and hope we can come up with an arrangement".

But on Monday, Shanahan expressed optimism that the USA and Turkey would find a way out of the crisis by persuading Turkey to buy the Patriot defence system, instead of S-400s.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has warned Turkey and Germany about their dealings with Russian Federation, telling Ankara it is "reckless" and warning Berlin it risks becoming a "captive" of Moscow.

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