The U.S. confirms it is aware Turkey accepted delivery of the S-400 air defense system, and the head of the Pentagon spoke with his Turkish counterpart for 30 min. about the matter. “Our position regarding the F-35 has not changed,” Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters July 12 at the Pentagon. At the last minute, the Defense Department withdrew plans July 12 to hold a press conference in response to the confirmed delivery of the first components of the contentious ...

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