April 2, 2019 / 3:09 PM / 3 months ago

Pentagon says expects to resolve row with Turkey over S-400

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that he expected to solve a dispute with Turkey over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system, a day after the United States halted the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 aircraft to Ankara.

"I expect we’ll solve the problem so that they have the right defense equipment in terms of Patriots and F-35s," Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon. Washington has sought to persuade Turkey to purchase the Patriot defense system, instead of S-400s.

Shanahan added that he expected the delivery of F-35s currently at Luke Air Force base to Turkey. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart)

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