North Atlantic Treaty Organisation celebrates 70th anniversary, despite member tensions

F-35 Lightning aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base Fla. prepare for takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base La. Oct. 12 2018. The aircraft evacuated to Barksdale to avoid possible damage from Hurricane Michael

"I concur with this committee's belief that the S-400 and the F-35 are not compatible, and if Turkey proceeds down a path to procure and operate the S-400, they should not get the F-35", Wolters said, adding that the Russian system "speaks a different language than NATO English".

Turkey's foreign minister also said he doubted the existence of a USA peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians - an effort that Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner has been leading for the U.S.

"The training will continue at Luke Air Force Base", Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers told reporters. The United States this week halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey.

Norfolk, Va., for instance, "is the proud new home of NATO's focus on the future, the Allied Command Transformation Center, which is tasked with assessing the latest global trends and devising the ability to meet and match them", Pence said. The move was followed by a warning from Vice President Mike Pence, who threatened to kick Ankara out from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program unless it behaves like a good North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and bows to Washington's conditions.

The NATO allies are at odds over issues including USA support for a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as terrorists by Ankara and Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile system over U.S. objections.

Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey remain in talks over the delivery date for S-400 parts, originally slated for May.

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But acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he expected Turkey's F-35s to ultimately be delivered and was optimistic that Ankara would purchase the Patriot instead. Stoltenburg acknowledged that the matter was a point of severe contention between the USA and Turkey and expressed hope that a resolution was possible.

USA defense and intelligence officials have warned repeatedly in recent years of a growing threat that information shared over Chinese-built networks or Chinese-made devices could be stolen or copied and shared with the Chinese government.

"As Turkey's ally, we recognize Turkey lives in a tough neighborhood and its acquisition decisions are its sovereign choice", he added, while adding that the S-400 purchase was "fundamentally incompatible" with the Patriot offer.

"Everybody believes the U.S.is no longer a balanced or objective" leader on the world stage, he said. The Trump administration recently canceled the sale of advanced F-35 war planes to Turkey as a result of this behavior, which Pence said is unacceptable.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference at Huber Mansion in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019.

Turkey could be sanctioned by Washington under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which rules that any entity doing business with Russia's state and private defense and intelligence sectors risks sanctions.

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