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Senate panel targets Turkey’s participation in F-35 program

by Rebecca Kheel, The Hill

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of an annual defense policy bill has three provisions targeting Turkey, a NATO ally with which the United States has had increasing tensions.

Two provisions in the committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) relate to Turkey’s plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets, committee staffers told reporters Friday at a background briefing.

The third provision, which was revealed in Thursday’s summary of the bill, says the Senate believes Ankara should be sanctioned if it goes through with the purchase of a Russian air defense system.

The committee’s bill is the latest sign Congress is fed up with Turkey. The House version of the NDAA, passed overwhelmingly Thursday, would stop all weapons sales to the nation until the Pentagon analyzes worsening tensions between Ankara and Washington.

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