VP Pence slams Germany over defense spending, ties to Russian Federation

US suspends F-35 delivery to Turkey over Russian missile system

Pence was referring to Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile defence system.

Pompeo on Thursday said he was confident the U.S. will be able to "find a path forward" with Turkey over its S-400 plans.

Turkey will not turn back from a major arms deal with Russian Federation despite the United States suspension of Ankara from the F-35 fighter-jet programme, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

The US has halted delivery of equipment related to its advanced F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over its S-400 plans.

Washington has already suspended Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet programme.

Spokesperson Hami Aksoy accused the State Department of having written its readout before the meeting had even taken place and said that it included things that were never brought up.

The S-400 "Triumf" is one of the most sophisticated surface-to-air missile systems in the world.

"There is no evidence that Russian Federation allegedly violated the INF Treaty and we were not presented with such despite our persistent appeals to the United States to provide facts", TASS news agency quoted Grushko as saying.

"It seems that there is no clear strategy yet" by the U.S.to dial back its military presence in Syria, Cavusoglu said in an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

"I am very confident in the Patriot proposal that we've delivered to Turkey, its availability, its pricing, and very importantly, the industrial participation that comes along with the Patriot system", he said.

At his Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing to lead U.S. European Command, Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters called the co-location of the F-35 and the S-400 "absolutely unsustainable".

Addressing Sunday's local elections in Turkey, which have triggered recounts and legal contests over invalid ballots, Yildirim, AK Party's Istanbul mayoral candidate, said: "Recount continues in the Istanbul mayoral poll". 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".

But those two warplanes are still in the USA, at Luke Air Force Base on the outskirts of Phoenix. Two additional jets are scheduled to arrive in Arizona in April and a significant delay could impact Turkey's November target date for operations.

Mr Pence said that the country could also be expelled from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft programme, parts of which are made in Turkey, after the USA halted deliveries of components this week. Turkey has shown interest in the Patriot system, but not at the expense of abandoning the S-400.

In a PBS Newshour interview broadcast on Wednesday, Cavusoglu said Ankara proposed "to form a technical working group and to examine" any U.S. concerns over the S-400s.

Erdogan criticized "really wrong" statements coming from the United States over the S-400 purchase and suggested North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies should not sanction each other.

Related News:



Most liked

Boeing CEO apologizes for 737 Max crashes
But this has failed to satisfy many relatives who questioned why Boeing did not act earlier to take the planes out of service. The complaint named Boeing and Rosemount Aerospace, the manufacturer of the angle of attack sensor, as defendants.

Fox to air Bernie Sanders town hall
Plus, he did it with more small donors than any other candidate so far, leading the pack among the sought-after demographic. Sanders' campaign says the senator got 88 per cent of his money from donors who contributed US$200 or less.

Donald Trump team and China resume uphill effort to end trade rift
While some progress is being made, resolving more contentious issues such as the forced transfer of technology is taking longer. Liu met with the president after two days of talks between Chinese and American trade negotiators in Washington .

Apple Watch Series 5 to Feature OLED Panels from Japan Display
The source also apparently said that Samsung is most likely to remain the primary OLED panel supplier for Apple . In comparison the iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max have 5.8-, 6.1- and 6.5- inch screens respectively.

Democrats vote to subpoena Mueller report over Republican objections
The committee rejected a GOP amendment that would have 24-17 blocked the subpoenas from applying to grand jury information. Both the Times and the Post reported that the Mueller team had prepared their own summaries of the report.

Photos acquired of missing child in question, possibly Timmothy Pitzen
Bill Rowley called the person's claim "a disappointment" and that this was another time the family had their "hope raised". The boy told police he was staying with the alleged kidnappers in a Red Roof Inn, but he didn't know where it was located.

Borderlands 3 is Epic Store exclusive on PC, skips Steam
It will launch on consoles and the Epic Games Store on September 13 but won't be available on other PC platforms until April 2020. In Borderlands 3 , "the original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure".

Maisie Williams trolls 'Game of Thrones' fans with epic 'spoiler'
The actress previously admitted she feared dying after discovering her health problem, and now she has revealed further details. Have you subscribed to ComicBook Nation, the official Podcast of ComicBook.com yet? "Jimmy's reaction gave it away though".

UK Brexit chief says May not offering a blank check in talks
The House of Commons has also failed to find a majority for any alternative plan in two days of voting on multiple options. A customs union: Labour party policy favors a customs union with the EU and "close alignment" to the single market.

New Mayor Of Chicago’s Focus Is Fighting ‘Hate’
This marks the first time that Lightfoot has held political office after a career as a federal prosecutor. As she prepares to step into her new role, Lightfoot said she is struck by the magnitude of the moment.

Will Khloe Kardashian Continue to Date Basketball Players?
Kimmel made a point of diving deep into Kardashian's penchant for basketball players, and she didn't shy away from his questions. We bring you the latest celebrity news about Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner , Selena Gomez, Kardashians, and much more, every day.

Nestle races Burger King to serve meatless hamburger patties
The New York Timesbroke the news on Monday, April 1, leaving the Internet skeptical about its validity. McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest fast-food chain, sells soy-based burgers in Finland and Sweden.

Man Suspected of Fatally Shooting Rapper Nipsey Hussle Arrested, Police Say
There is breaking news out of Los Angeles , California that will bring relief to the family, friends and fans of Nipsey Hussle . The shards injured several people, and many were limping as they tried to find their way around police barricades.

Samantha Josephson: What we know about her violent death
Another step to take is to ask the driver when they arrive who they are there for - they should know your name and information. Rhodes also said that she makes sure the license plate number on the app and the physical auto match.

Second woman says ex-VP Biden touched her inappropriately
Ad also, what in the actual fuck? The former vice president proceeded to sniff her hair and kiss the top of her head. Biden told supporters last month that he plans to run for president , but has not yet made an official announcement.