North Atlantic Treaty Organisation seeks new ways to counter Russian Federation 'aggression'

Pompeo also pressed Causoglu about Turkey´s plans to buy the S-400 missile defence system from Russian Federation, which Washington has warned could put Ankara at risk of U.S. sanctions, the State Department said in a statement.

"I expect we'll solve the problem so that they have the right defence equipment in terms of Patriots and F-35s", Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon. Washington has sought to persuade Turkey to purchase the Patriot defense system, instead of S-400s.

Ankara is also planning to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the USA and its pilots are now training on the weapons platform at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Turkey has continued to maintain that it has the right under global law to defend against national security threats including any potential danger posed in northern Syria.

Turkey expressed irritation with the State Department Wednesday over its description of a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu earlier this week.

U.S. lawmakers also have expressed alarm over Turkey's planned purchase of the Russian system.

Senior U.S. military leaders were optimistic on Tuesday that Turkey would receive America's next-generation fighter jets, despite Ankara's threats to purchase a Russian-made missile-defense system that could reveal critical information about the U.S. jets.

On Monday, the Pentagon announced the United States has halted shipments of F-35 parts to Turkey in response to the Turkish/Russian deal.

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Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander and the head of U.S. European Command, said the issue is of broader concern outside the U.S. and Turkish relationship.

Work between Turkey and the United States to implement an agreement over the Syrian town of Manbij is proceeding more slowly than desired, Turkish military sources said.

A senior State Department also said this week in a briefing that Ankara could face USA sanctions if it goes ahead with the S-400 deal.

Last week, Sens. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland.; and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., introduced legislation over concern Turkey's planned S-400 purchase would pose a risk to USA national security.

A pair of RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets over the English Channel during Operation Point Blank, which featured aerial capabilities from the British RAF, United States Air Force and French Air Force, November 27, 2018. Turkish pilots are receiving training on two aircraft at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

"Turkey was on board the F-35 program from day one", says Loren Thompson, CEO of the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank that receives some of its funding from F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Turkey has also allowed the US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to use its bases and airspace for carrying out operations in the Middle East, a linchpin of NATO's defense strategy. "We have to shoulder responsibility in order to continue safeguarding it, in our own interest", he said.

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