Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin told reporters that Turkey would not be removed from the F-35 programme despite US threats to do so if Ankara does not abandon its S-400 deal with Russia, ONA reports citing Turkish media.
"Turkey is and will continue to be a partner of F-35 technology. We are not just a client or buyer of F-35s", he said.
He added that Ankara's "dialogue with Russia" and its decision to acquire its S-400s "does not target a third country."
"We are a member of NATO. We value our strategic partnership with the United States", he concluded.