Turkey says U.S. tone and approach not befitting partnership spirit: defense ministry


FILE PHOTO: U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan welcomes Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has repeated its discomfort to the United States over the tone and approach of a letter sent by Washington, saying it was not befitting the ally spirit, over Ankara’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, U.S. acting Secretary of Defence Pat Shanahan sent his Turkish counterpart a letter warning that Ankara would be pulled out of the F-35 jet program unless it changes course from its plans to install the defenses.

Turkey also expressed the importance to continue working on finding a solution to problems with dialogue, defense ministry said in a statement on its website.

(The story corrects headline and first para to add dropped word ‘not’)

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk

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