May 25, 2018 / 8:59 AM / 3 months ago

Turkey says to take every initiative to protect firms from U.S. sanctions

ANKARA, May 25 (Reuters) - Turkey will take every initiative to protect its firms from U.S. sanctions, Ankara's foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday, a day after the United States imposed sanctions on several Iranian and Turkish companies in a move targeting Iranian airlines.

Hami Aksoy also told a news conference that Turkey had fulfilled all requirements to procure Lockheed Martin's F-35 jets from the United States and that Ankara expected all sides to carry out their responsibilities.

A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing the F-35 jets.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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