A new bill proposed in the US House of Representatives calls for stopping the proposed sales of more than 100 F-35 fighter jets and related intellectual property to Turkey, Congressman David Cicilline said in a press release.

“Cicilline is introducing the bipartisan Ban F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sales to Turkey Act today,” the release said on Thursday. “The Ban F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sales to Turkey Act prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any related intellectual property or technical data to Turkey.”

The ban, the release added, can only be lifted if the White House can certify that the Turkish government is not undermining NATO and is not unlawfully jailing US citizens, among other conditions.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to Turkey’s thuggish, reprehensible behavior,” Cicilline, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said. “It’s important that we hold NATO members to the same standard we would hold any other country.”

He added that banning the sale of the F-35 to Turkey “is just common sense.” The bill has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
According to the release, the relationship between the US and Turkey has become strained in recent months due to alleged human rights violation by the Turkish regime, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The regime has been accused of cracking down on dissent and free speech.

In mid-April, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell said Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia could negatively affect the delivery of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.

ALSO READ  Watch: Turkish Navy strike destroys ship in Black Sea

In addition, a group of senators comprising both Republicans and Democrats wants to block the supply of F-35s to Ankara due to the arrest of US Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried on charges of aiding terrorist groups.

Source: Sputnik

Advertisements
Share this article:
  • 196
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    197
    Shares
The International News Desk reports on issues and events world wide.

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Flash
Guest
Flash

Turkey will have no friends soon. They are attacking everybody left and right, north and south. Acting like enraged dogs. They have a language barrier, the language in question is of course called “Logic”. They still have not mastered it yet. Not even the basics of it. I think the only thing they catch is “true” or “false”

dasdd
Guest
dasdd

you do not need it for a combat. the F16 are good enough. I do not understand, why somebody except US is buying it.
Expensive gadget with so many flaws, that it will be a nghtmare for operations to keep them in shape.

Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler

Erdogan seems to have mixed liberty and licence. NATO and the US do not want to be allied with dictatorships like Turkey. And I wonder whether Russia, which is a democracy too will become a intimate ally to Turkey after it ran foul with the US and European block. p.s. The US and EU population do not want dictators while the politicians often act opportunistic due to economic and strategic motives. Turkey’s Erdogan has recently acquired much the same extended presidential rights as Syria’s president Assad. Much of the Western animadversion against Syria’s political system and Assad as person comes… Read more »

Member
Regular
Upvoted
gzman501 .

NATO and the US do not want to be allied to dictatorships like Turkey? Where have you been? KSA ring a bell? Who is selling them illegal and banned weapons? Ukraine ring a bell? Where are they getting the money to stay afloat, barely? Who is selling them offensive weapons? Israel, UAE, Qatar, Iraq under Saddam? Get real, ‘dictatorships’ are their favorite trade partners…especially when it comes weapons. The only reason this is coming about is to try to reduce Russian influence and military sales which is cutting into the MIL balance sheet. The western governments could give a royal… Read more »