June 19, 2018 / 8:16 AM / 6 months ago

Turkish PM criticises U.S. bill to block sale of F-35 jets - Haberturk

ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate’s decision to pass a bill prohibiting the sale of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jets to Turkey is unfortunate and against the spirit of strategic partnership, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion (539.60 billion pounds) defence policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military, which includes an amendment prohibiting sales of the jets to Turkey.

Yildirim was also quoted by broadcaster Haberturk as saying that Turkey was not without alternatives and that the bill would not make Turkey vulnerable.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu

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