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Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base - Pentagon

Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base - Pentagon
FILE PHOTO: A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo -
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey’s F-35 pilots are no longer flying at a U.S. air base in Arizona, the Pentagon told Reuters on Monday, as the United States winds down Ankara’s involvement in the advanced fighter jet programme over Turkey’s plans to buy Russian air defences.

“The department is aware that the Turkish pilots … are not flying,” said Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman.

“Without a change in Turkish policy, we will continue to work closely with our Turkish ally on winding down their participation in the F-35 programme.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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