US Senate Welcomes The Turkey Sanctions
The use of the Russian S-400 missile system by Turkey has long been a thorn in the side of the US Congress. But President Trump has a good relationship with the Turkish head of state Erdogan. But now he cannot help but issue penalties.
The US government’s sanctions against NATO ally Turkey for using a Russian missile defense system have been welcomed across parties in the US Congress. The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Jim Risch, said the punitive measures were “long overdue”. The Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would not be allowed to undermine the security of the US and NATO allies.
Turkey and Russia condemned the sanctions. The Foreign Ministry in Ankara announced that Turkey would take the necessary steps against this “unjust” decision in an appropriate manner and time. Washington is urged to retract the “grave error”. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of a “further expression of arrogant attitudes towards international law” and of the “use of illegitimate, unilateral coercive measures” by the US.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that sanctions would be imposed on the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate (SSB). The directorate is responsible for the procurement, production, and development of defense equipment. It reports to President Erdogan. Pompeo said the sanctions included a ban on all US export licenses and permits. Any assets of SSB boss Ismail Demir and other executives in the US would be frozen and they would also be subject to entry restrictions. Pompeo said it had made it clear to Turkey on several occasions at the highest level that the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system would endanger the safety of US soldiers and American military technology. The Turkish government could have purchased alternative systems that would have been compatible with NATO decided against it. According to Ankara, Turkey had not received a suitable alternative offer from allies.
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