In Athens, Menendez Says Turkey Won’t Get F-35’s, Missile Defense Too

April 22, 2019

The National Herald – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, visiting Greece’s capital after stopping on Cyprus, said there’s no way that Turkey will be able to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets that could be used against Greece, if it goes ahead with plans to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

The New Jersey Democrat and noted Hellenophile told Kathimerini Executive Editor Alexis Papachelas in an exclusive interview that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s been stepping up provocations in the Aegean, will get both the jets and missile defense.

“There is no chance that they will have the F-35s. There will be sanctions under law that exists today. This is a purchase of a major piece of military equipment from Russia and that is a sanctionable activity for anyone in the world – including Turkey. And there is no way that we will have… an F-35 put next to an S-400 that could also really surveillance the very essence of the technology that we have in the F-35. So it is impossible to happen,” he said.

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