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U.S.-Turkey Impasse: F-35s Halted Over Russian Missile Defense Purchase

April 4, 2019

Episode Notes:

Following Turkey's unwillingness to halt its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system, the U.S. has stopped delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts and manuals needed to prepare for the aircraft’s planned delivery this summer. Is the problem intractable?

Aaron Stein, Director of the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, joins the Warcast to discuss just how challenging the issue is and how it signifies a much deeper malady facing the bilateral alliance.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:48 ] Risk for U.S. of Turkey having F-35s and S-400
[ 2:44 ] Incongruent narratives among leaders
[ 5:11 ] Likelihood that the S-400 deal is completed
[ 6:48 ] How geopolitical interests between the U.S. and Turkey no longer match

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