US will impose sanctions against Turkey if it does not abandon the S-400

Despite frequent warnings from the US, Turkey has supposedly chosen to activate its Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system in April.

The United States is ready to impose sanctions on Turkey “in the not so distant future” if it does not abandon the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. This was announced on Tuesday by the United States Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, during a telephone briefing for journalists.

 “If a solution to the S-400 issue is not found, and even if there is support for the role of Turkey in Idlib and Libya, where it opposes Russia’s steps, then, most likely, legislative measures will be followed in the not too distant future, which will include the application of mandatory  CAATSA order (the law “On countering America’s adversaries through sanctions”, which introduced new restrictive measures against Russia, Iran and the North Korea” -he said.

“US authorities have made it clear through all available channels <…> that the acquisition of the most advanced Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems is fundamentally incompatible with the responsibilities of Turkey as a participant in the [creation of F-35] program, it is incompatible with Turkey’s role as a partner  NATO, and it will entail serious consequences from the point of view of the CAATSA law, “said Satterfield.

 “There must be a solution to the situation with the S-400, so that all issues that arose as a result of this action. are fully resolved. We hope that this will happen,” the US ambassador emphasized.

 Meanwhile, on March 6, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that the deployment of Russian S-400s in the country would begin in April.

In September 2017, the Russian Federation announced a contract with Turkey for the supply of S-400, its cost is $ 2.5 billion. The first deliveries began on July 12, 2019.  The US and NATO are actively opposing the acquisition of S-400 by Turkey.  On July 17, 2019, a White House spokeswoman said that the republic’s decision to acquire the S-400 made it impossible for her to continue participating in the F-35 program for creating American fighters.

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