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Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at US base amid S-400 row
June 11, 2019

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United States has suspended Training of Turkish pilots for F-35 fighter jets amid a standoff with its NATO ally over the purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system.   

The move came after Pentagon announced last Friday that Washington would take measures to reduce Ankara's participation in the F-35 fighter jets program.

According to a letter sent to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said all Turkish pilots in the program must leave the U.S. by July 31 and training for new pilots will be suspended.