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'US letter on F-35s not in Nato spirit'

Turkey says U.S. letter on F-35s not in line with spirit of alliance

'US letter on F-35s not in Nato spirit'

TURKEY this week criticised a letter from Washington on Ankara's eventual removal from the F-35 fighter jet programme, saying the language used did not suit the spirit of alliance between the two Nato allies.

Writing to Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar last week, US acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan outlined how Turkey would be pulled out of the F-35 programme unless Ankara changes course from its plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defence system.

Mr Akar, cited by his ministry in a statement, said Ankara was working on a response to the letter and that it would be sent to the United States in the coming days.

He added that he was set to speak with Shanahan by phone and that they would meet in person at a Nato meeting at the end of the month.

"In the contacts we will make, whether via mail or a meeting in person, all topics are on the table and we are continuing to openly and clearly express . . . our known views.

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