A US Senator has urged Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to halt the transfer of F-35 technology to Turkey, which has purchased the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, saying not doing so would send a wrong signal to countries like India that is also going ahead with similar purchase. PTI reports.

“The slow Pentagon removal of Turkey from the F-35 supply chain is sending the wrong message to nations like India who are exploring similar procurement opportunities,” Senator James Lankford said on Monday in a letter to Austin,-‘‘The US must continue to urge “our allies and partners to move away from Russian equipment,” the senator noted.But if we refrain from holding Turkey fully accountable for its S-400 purchase by allowing them to continue producing parts, we will signal to India and other partners that such behavior is permissible, or at least, will not have consequences,” Lankford said.