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Defense Secretary Nominee Slams Turkey's S-400 Deal as 'Wrong'

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next secretary of defense has slammed Turkey's acceptance of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system, parts of which were delivered last week, as "wrong.""Their [Turkey's] decision on the S-400 is the wrong one, and it's disappointing," Secretary of the Army Mark Esper told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead the Defense Department.The decision by Ankara puts Russian advanced radar technology into a key NATO alliance member, which Washington and its allies fear could compromise NATO military systems in Turkey. The S-400 could potentially be used to target NATO jets, including NATO's newest stealth fighter jet, the U.S.-made F-35 Lightning II.FILE - The F-35 Lightning II hovers in front of crowds during its first solo appearance at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, July 12, 2016.Esper told lawmakers he emphasized in a phone call to Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Friday that "you can either have the S-400 or the F-35. You can't have both.""Acquisition of the S-400 fundamentally undermines the capabilities of the F-35 and our ability to retain that overmatch in the skies going forward," he said. Hours later, Trump reiterated what his nominee had told Congress, saying the U.S. had told Turkey that it would not sell Ankara the F-35."We're working through it. We'll see what happens, but it's not really fair," Trump said. Iran tensionsOn Iran, Esper said the U.S. should deter threats in international waterways near the rogue nation by "passive patrolling" and escorting of commercial ships, in a move he dubbed Operation Sentinel.At the same time, he said the U.S. should try to "meet anytime, anywhere" with Iran to solve outstanding issues and prevent miscalculations."Everyone's worried about Iran and the tensions over there," Tom Spoehr, retired lieutenant... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Defense Secretary Nominee Slams Turkey's S-400 Deal as 'Wrong', simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Defense Secretary Nominee Slams Turkey's S-400 Deal as 'Wrong'

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July

 

 

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