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U.S. Senators introduce bill to stop transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey

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U.S. Senators introduce bill to stop transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey
FILE PHOTO: Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) speaks about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia during a media briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts   -   Copyright  JOSHUA ROBERTS(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said.

“The prospect of Russia having access to U.S. aircraft and technology in a NATO country, Turkey, is a serious national and global security risk,” said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, one of the four co-authors of the bill.

Turkey is a production partner in the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet programme but Ankara also wants to purchase a Russian missile defence system, which the United States says would compromise the security of F-35 aircraft.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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