U.S. defense officials have started winding down Turkey’s role in the F-35 program, but remain open to reverse the process if Ankara starts taking steps to back out of a deal with Russia for advanced air defense systems. “None of the steps we are taking are irreversible,” said Ellen Lord, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. “We look forward to restoring normal program activity.” The relationship between the NATO allies has been ...

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