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Russia Hangs the Carrot to Turkey As USA Retracts F35 Deal

Russia has been quick to offer a counter deal to Turkey as the US has retracted the strategic F35 programme from Ankara.

Trump removed Turkey from the F35 fighter jet programme after the former refused to heed America’s warnings to drop the S400 deal with Moscow.

Vladimir Putin administration had been expecting this and seems to have therefore now offered Turkey to buy Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets.

Media reports confirms that the CEO of the Russian State Corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, said that, “If our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out the deliveries of Su-35 fighter jets”.

America’s decision was put into action, once a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery ofan advanced Russian missile defence system last week, media reports have confirmed.

The first parts of the S-400 air defence system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara, sealing NATO ally Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.

This is not the only reason for the mounting tension between the United States and Turkey. The two NATO allies have not seen eye-to-eye on a dispute over strategy in Syria east of the Euphrates River, where the United States is allied with Kurdish forces that Turkey views as foes.

It is further confirmed that the Pentagon had already laid out a plan to remove Turkey from the programme.

The training for Turkish pilots on the aircraft has already been halted. Turkey will no longer be able to buy the 100 F-35s it had agreed to purchase.

“These would likely have been delivered at an annual rate of 8-12 aircraft/year through the 2020s,” Byron Callan, an analyst at Capital Alpha Partners, said in a research note on Wednesday that was shared with the media.

By U.J.M

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