Turkey to Face US Sanctions Over Russian Defense System

The US has sanctioned Turkey on Monday following its procurement and testing of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

The US has sanctioned Turkey on Monday following its procurement and testing of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

The US released a statement imposing sanctions on Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) for transacting with Russia’s Rosoboronexport. 

“The sanctions include a ban on all U.S. export licenses and authorizations to SSB and an asset freeze and visa restrictions on Dr. Ismail Demir, SSB’s president, and other SSB officers.”

The US further stated that this decision by Turkey “would endanger the security of U.S. military technology and personnel and provide substantial funds to Russia’s defense sector, as well as Russian access to the Turkish armed forces and defense industry.”

This will also result to Turkey’s suspension and pending removal from its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Turkey to coordinate with the US to remove said defense system from its possession.

Turkey has condemned and rejected the move, in a statement on Monday. 

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said,  “The conditions which compelled Turkey to acquire S-400 systems are well known. President Trump himself has admitted on many instances that Turkey’s acquisition was justified.”

“Moreover, Turkey has repeatedly proposed to address this issue in an objective, realistic and politically unbiased manner through a working group with the participation of NATO.”

Turkey said they will respond to the decision which will have negative effect on both countries’ relations, but emphasized that the country is willing to address the issue through dialogue and diplomacy. 


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