US Confirms Turkey Blocked From F-35 Program After Russian Missile Purchase

The White House confirmed that Turkey would no longer be permitted to join in NATO's F-35 fighter program after it purchased a Russian missile defense system.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham in a statement said Turkey's decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems has made its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible.

She added that the United States would "continue to cooperate with turkey extensively, mindful of constraints due to the presence of the S-400 system in Turkey.