Four key members of the U.S. Congress effectively blocked all major arms sales to Turkey because of Ankara’s purchase of C-400. This was reported by Defense News on Wednesday, August 12, citing sources.
According to him, at least two major contracts will suffer from the actions of the congressmen: modernization of F-16 fighters and issuance of export licenses for helicopter engines so that Turkey could fulfill its $1.5 billion contract for the supply of these machines to Pakistan.
As the author notes, the arms sales freeze is a diplomatic tool that the United States has not used against Turkey since 1978, after Turkish troops invaded Cyprus.
Among the authors of the initiative, said the source, Mike McCall, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Jim Rish, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
At the end of July, Ankara expressed its readiness to “eliminate the concern” of the United States due to the incompatibility of the American F-35 fighters of the fifth generation with the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. A week earlier it became known that Turkey had begun testing Russian anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 Triumph on U.S.-made F-16 and F-4 Phantom II fighters.