US President Donald Trump's comments came a day after the White House said the Turkey's purchase of Russian air defence system made Ankara's presence in the F-35 programme impossible.
'Turkey will continue to evaluate other alternatives,' says Defense Industries Presidency head Ismail Demir criticising US' announcement to remove Turkey from the F-35 programme.
Professor Edward Erickson says Turkey’s S-400 acquisition is a ‘political problem’ rather than a military problem for the US but doesn’t think Turkey’s role in NATO will be affected by the F-35 issue.
The 17th plane carrying the hardware for long-range air defence system arrived in Turkey's capital Ankara on Thursday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is aiming to develop the defence industry and protect peace in the region.
US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Ankara would face "real and negative consequences" for acquiring Russian S-400 defence systems.
US President Donald Trump said during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey was not allowed to buy Patriot missiles by Obama administration and "we are looking at different solutions."
Ahead of the crucial NATO and G-20 meetings, the country's defence minister reached out to opposition parties to send a strong message to Washington.
Former Pakistan intelligence head General Ehsanul Haq and former deputy chief of Indian Air Force Kapil Kak say US defence missiles are no match to tested Russian defence system. Washington has warned Turkey and India against buying S-400s.
"Turkey fulfills all NATO requirements ... We strongly reject linking this matter with the F-35 [fighter jet programme]," Turkey's Defence Minister Hulisi Akar says.
In a letter, the Turkish defence minister called for mutual respect and friendship after the US backtracked on offering F-35 training to pilots in response to Turkey purchasing Russian-made S-400 defence systems.
Turkey's Treasury and Finance Ministry said, "we sadly see that very positive developments are being ignored," in response to Moody's move to downgrade Turkey's rating.
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