PM criticizes US Senate’s over blocking military equipment sales to Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized on Tuesday the US Senate’s decision to block the US administration from selling warplanes and other military equipment to his country.

Yildirim considered this decision as “Contrary to the strategic alliance between the two countries.” Yildirim said in a statement to Anadolu Turkish news agency.

“What the US Senate has done will not affect the Turkish defense capabilities,” Yildirim said.

“We have suitable alternatives and we will take the necessary precautions, especially supporting the national defense industry.” The Turkish PM added.

On Monday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment prohibiting sales to Turkey of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Source: Kuwait News Agency