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Turkey removal from F-35 programme not legitimate - Turkish foreign ministry

ISTANBUL, July 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's removal from the F-35 fighter jet programme over its purchase of Russia's S-400 defence system is not based on a legitimate reason and does not suit ally spirit, the Turkish foreign ministry said on early on Thursday.

In a statement, the foreign ministry called on the United States to return from what it characterized as a mistake, saying it would harm strategic ties between two NATO allies. (Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; editing by Jonathan Oatis)