Turkey on Tuesday criticized the U.S. over threats to remove it from the F-35 program due to its purchase of the S-400 Russian air defense system.

“We remind once more that the language of threats and sanctions will never dissuade Turkey from resolutely taking steps to ensure its national security,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, a joint defense budget prepared by the Senate and the House of Representatives released Monday, propose allocation of a $440-million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircrafts ordered by Turkey, as

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