Three US senators have introduced a resolution aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, which is a NATO ally of the United States.
The bill against the transfer of the high-tech, radar-evading American aircraft was introduced by Republicans James Lankford and Thom Tillis, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday.
The three senators issued a joint statement in which they raised fears that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had embarked on a “path of reckless governance and disregard for the rule of law.”
“Turkey’s strategic decisions regrettably fall more and more out of line with, and at times in contrast to, US interests. These factors make the transfer of sensitive F-35 technology and cutting-edge capabilities to Erdogan’s regime increasingly risky,” Lankford said in the statement.
The measure comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the United States and Turkey over American backing…