Another bill to ban the transfer of F-35 fighter-bombers to Turkey in case it receives S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems has been prepared by the U.S. Congress. Its author was Adam Smith (Democrat from Washington State), Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The ban is included in the draft U.S. military budget for fiscal year 2020, prepared by Smith. His office published on Monday the text of the bill, which was a response to the budget request of the U.S. administration for fiscal year 2020. The bill developed by Smith has already been discussed in working order by democrats and Republicans in the Committee on Armed Forces of the Lower House of Congress, on a number of basic provisions of the document there was a cross-party consensus.
The bill provides for the refusal of Washington to supply fighter-bombers of the fifth generation F-35 Ankara, if Turkey does not provide “credible guarantees that it will not accept the supply of anti-aircraft missile system S-400” neither now nor “in the future. At the same time, according to the text of the bill, the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Secretary of State will have to vouch for such guarantees together. Earlier, the U.S. has already introduced a legislative ban on the transfer of F-35 to Turkey in case it buys S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. This ban was included in the Pentagon’s budget for the current fiscal year, signed by President Donald Trump in August 2018.