BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would limit the transfer of the new F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, Politco reported.
According to the Politco report, the House passed a new $717 billion defense policy bill by an overwhelming vote of 359 for and 54 against.
The bill ultimately restricts the transfer of the F-35 fighter jets to the Turkish military until a report is delivered on their behavior.
This report by the U.S. would include the assessment of Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program, as well as the risks posed by Ankara’s acquirement of the Russian S-400 missile system.
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over Ankara’s future acquirement of the S-400 systems, as this could potentially benefit Russia.
Furthermore, as a NATO member, the acquirement of the S-400 by Turkey goes against the ongoing sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Nevertheless, Turkey appears to be dead set on the acquirement of this missile defense system, despite the possible ramifications from their NATO partners.