US removes Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme

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US removes Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme

The United States says it has removed Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programme following Ankara began accepting delivery of Russian S-400 air defence missile system. 

The undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment at the Pentagon, Ellen Lord said in a statement that the US and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the programme.  

Turkish Foreign ministry has termed the move as unfair which could affect relations between the two countries.