Aiding Greece, US Bars Turkey from Buying F-35 Fighter Jets

FILE - In this March 29, 2019, photo, a U.S. F-35A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, South Korea. (Kang Jong-min/Newsis via AP)

In a decision that benefits Greece, the United States won’t let Turkey buy American-made F-35 fighter jets after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would go ahead with the purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

Turkey would have had a decided edge over Greece, whose pilots use aging F-16 fighters that Athens wants to upgrade. The US said Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian system would compromise the F-35’s and undermine NATO, to which the countries belong.

It wasn’t reported why NATO allows Turkey to stay in the defense alliance if the country is going to use a defense system from its major enemy even after the end of the Cold War. Turkey blasted the decision that came after US President Donald Trump assured Erdogan that Ankara would get the jets. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the decision “will irreparably damage relations” between the countries but didn’t make any move to bar the US from continuing to use a Turkish military base.

The unilateral move by the US “neither complies with the spirit of alliance nor is it based on legitimate grounds,” the ministry was quoted as saying by Anadolu agency, also complaining that the decision was “unfair,” echoing Trump’s own words.

Turkey said US and NATO worries the S-400 system designed to combat the F-35s would jeopardize the fighter jets security “are not valid” but didn’t explain why if the missile defense could be used against them.

Turkey had proposed a working group with the US to negotiate but it was rejected, with Ankara saying that was “a clear indication that the US is biased and lacks the will to resolve the matter in good faith.”

Turkey repeatedly sends fighter jets into Greek airspace leading Greek pilots to frequently engage them in mock dogfights, often in the skies above Greek islands in the Aegean. Supporters of Greece in the US Congress and others said Turkey should not have both the US F-35s and the Russian S-400 because it could put Greece in peril during a conflict.

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  1. This was hardly a victory for Greece. The US government really did want to do a deal with Turkey. Indeed, a US deal with Turkey of some sort may still occur.

    1. The U.S. gave Turkey every opportunity not to go ahead with the s400 purchase.In the end it was the interests of U.S. and NATO which trumped any money/deal that Turkey had with the U.S. It was a small price to lose the deal rather than lose an edge to Russia or any other would be enemy. Let’s face it Erdogan is now firmly in the Russian camp and the U.S. is no dummy. It knew what had to be done and it did the right thing. This was more for U.S. interests by far than it was for Greek interests.

    2. John, great observation, and yes, the industrial military complex of America really wanted to make this deal ..like any other that provides them with plenty of money thru what we used to call illegal monopolies!

      John, this is simply economic warfare being used by a bunch of Aristocratic billionaires in our government who make a living out of selling arms ..which they are the best in the world at…and make America the number one arms seller in the world!

      And thru the assistance of the Pentagon and pay to play corrupt Ahepa Masons like Menendez, have imposed economic, military and political wars to create demand for U.S products…like in the Middle East…and where their number one customers in the world have come from the likes of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Turkey,/// where ” Freedom of religion” does not exist, and of course the only open air prison of Palestinian people exists , and now an acknowledged Aparthied State of Israel!

      Importantly, the alleged free market capital of the world..has not exactly been doing that…and as a matter of fact have been attempting to restrict open market trade to …just America thru economic sanctions against just about every country in the world..if they do not comply with their illegal business practices, and blowing up countries who fail to do exclusively business with Amirica oil and gas companies , arms industry, and get this not using the U.S dollars for trade!

      Buy American ..or die!

  2. I wouldn’t hold my breath with this one. Expect the US to about face on this sometime soonish… watch this space…

  3. Exactly John, if Greece wins this one it’s only by default. Turkey can do no wrong and excuses will always be made on their behalf

  4. Following the Japan G20 summit, Turkish President Erdogan said Trump assured him of no sanctions for buying Russian S-400s.

    “We have heard from him personally that this would not happen,” said Erdogan adding: “We are strategic partners with the United States. As strategic partners, nobody has the right to meddle in Turkey’s sovereign rights. Everyone should know this.”

    No matter, US Senators Inhofe, Reed, Risch and Menendez urged Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey, adding:

    “(C)ooperation (with Turkey) will not be possible as long as President Erdogan remains fixated on deepening ties with Vladimir Putin at the expense of security of the NATO alliance

    Yet the corrupt Pay to Play Ahepan Greek Secret Society Mason Robert Menendez and the Greatest Hellene in Greek History .according to Israeli lobbyist Endy Zemenides and Antonios Diamataris reveals that his enemy Russia, not Greece’s or Turkey’s is the real reason for objecting to the sovereign right of Turkey to purchase the best weaponry in the world to represent the security of his country!

    His legislation violates international and constitutional law under its Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2),in stating, all International laws, treaties, conventions, and agreements are automatically US law.

    Congressional measures countering the above have no legal standing. Security Council members have exclusive authority to impose sanctions, not individual nations against others!

    Greek and Turk sovereignty win

  5. Continued…

    What Tsipras , MIstotakis and Menendez reflect. or as I now call them ,the M&M boys is the depth of the corruption of the entire Greek government to a fascist empire who is destroying the democracy of America and Greecw.in representing the interests of Aristocratic elitist billionaires in Washington and Brussels ..and not Greece to control the sovereignty of the countries of the world which includes Economic, Political and most importantly.. MILITARY SOVEREIGNTY!

    WHAT THEY REFLECT IS WHY …GREEKS CANNOT DEFEND THEIR COUNTRIES BY BUYING ..THE BEST ANTI BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD LIKE THE S-400 FROM FROM RUSSIA, WHICH WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER AGAINST TURKEY’S OVERFLIGHTS, AND SIMPLY, PROVIDE GREECE WITH WHAT THE TURKS KNOW, WOULD MAKE TOAST OF ANY F-35’S TURKEY GETS FROM THE SS OFFICER MENENDEZ!

    WHAT THIS REFLECTS..IS A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT WHO WOULD RATHER SURRENDER THEIR SOVEREIGNTY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, NOT GREEKS..BY ALLOWING MORE OCCUPYING U.S AND NATO BASES TO NOT FIGHT TURKEY , BUT GREEKS WHO MAY DECIDE TO REMOVE MISTOTAKIS AND THE RULING PARTIES OF GREECE!

    WHAT IT REFLECTS…IS HOW MISTOTAKIS AND MENENDEZ…CAN COOPERATE TO MAKE GREECE BREAK INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND SUPPORT WAR CRIMES ECONOMIC AND MILITARY GENOCIDE OF COUNTRIES LIKE VENEZUELA, IRAN, SYRIA, IRAQ, YEMEN, CUBA,ETC..THRU ECONOMIC BLACKMAIL, BULLYING, BREAKING OF INTERNATIONALLY AGREEMENTS!

    IMPORTANLY, IT REFLECTS A COLLABORATIVE CORRUPT MEDIA..WHO SELLS ALL THEIR LIES!

  6. “Aiding Greece, US Bars Turkey from Buying F-35 Fighter Jets”
    This article should be retitled as:
    “US Bars Turkey from Buying F-35 Fighter Jets, Inadvertently Aiding Greece”

  7. A more appropriate headline… AIDING GREECE AND EU MEMBERS. EDROGAN DEFENDS SOVEREIGNTY OF GREECE BY BUYING RUSSIAN ANTI BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM!

    jUST THINK …NOT ONLY HAS TURKEY OPENED THE DOOR FOR GREECE TO BUY THE MOST ADVANCED ANTI BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD FROM RUSSIA , BUT PROBABLY GET WHAT TURKEY COULD WOUND UP WITH THE SUPERIOR SU 35!

    AS A MATTER OF FACT ..THE F-35 PROGRAM IS IN SEVERE JEOPARDY SINCE, ..IT HAS MANY TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, COST OVERUNS THAT ARE BREAKING RECORDS ..AND NOW CONSIDERED POSSIBLY THE WORST PENTAGON LEMON IN HISTORY.. COSTING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS!

    SO… IT IS CLEAR ..AS BEING DEMONSTRATED BY THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHO ARE NOW BUYING THE S-400 .THAT IT IS A SUPERIOR DEFENSIVE MISSILE THAT CAN TOAST THE MOST ADVANCED FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD!

    THEREFORE, SINCE MISTOTAKIS HAS ALLEGED HE WANT TO BUILD GREECES DEFENSES…THE ONLY LOGICAL CHOICE WOULD BE THE S-400…WHICH WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER FOR GREECE AGAINST NOT ONLY TURKEY, BUT THE BRITISH WHITE SUPREMACIST BASED IN CYPRUS AND NO LONGER PART OF THE EU

    BY NATO TURKEY DEFENDING THEIR SOVEREIGNTY TO SECURE THEIR COUNTRY CONTROL OF THESE WEAPONS AND MEET THEIR SECURITY INTERESTS WHICH THEY DO NOT BELEIVE THE PATRIOT SYSTEM DOES…IT NOW SETS A PRECEDENT FOR MISTOTAKIS TO DEMONSTRATE IF HE IS A PUPPET OF WASHINGTON AND NOT A LEADER OF GREEKS, BY FAILING TO PROVIDE THE PEOPLE OF GREECE WITH THE BEST THEIR MONEY CAN BUY!

  8. Today..the corrupt government of Greece who spent billions of dollars on military equipment during the period of the Mistotakis family which they did not need, by taking bribes from Nato countries, still… contributes voluntarily 2.4% of its GNP to the Nato Budget…which is the second highest amount only surpassed by the United States.at 3.6%!

    There are only 6 other countries in Nato who contribute 1.5%.and the rest including France , Germany are under or about 1%. of their GNP! Another group of Nato countries have not even contributed to their Defense budget!

    But that is exactly what the SS like Bolton love..because this is how U.S Organized Crime Families took over legitimate businesses.based on imposing a Protection racket.which made them pay tribute to the mob , and oath of allegiance.in order to operate their businesses, or in this case countries like Greece!

    The corrupt Greek government could have reduced their contribution to Nato Defense, and spend it to help Greek,, but chose to comply with their rulers in Brussels , out of fear of losing their jobs!

    Hence, there is money,and they can start by getting out of the EU/Nato crime family who does nothing for Greece and defend Greeks from the one thing that can defeat them a superior air force by Turkey, which an assortment of S-400, would make toast of!.

    I am sure Putin can advance a deal which may only require Russian oil and gas purchases.which they are not allowed by U.S Nato mobsters!

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