Navigation
Download the AMN app for your mobile device today - FREE!
  •  

Turkey preparing for US sanctions over Russian missile deal

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers his weekly speech to members of the parliament on October 23, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey. (Depo Photos/Zuma Press/TNS)
128 Shares

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Turkey’s defense minister said Ankara was preparing for potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, but also spoke of what he called a growing “rapprochement” with Washington over the issue.

The United States has demanded that Ankara call off the deal to purchase the Russian system, and NATO allies have also expressed concerns about the potential threat to U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets.

Washington has warned Ankara that it could invoke the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and impose financial penalties should Turkey go ahead with the deal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Speaking to reporters late on May 21, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that during recent talks with Washington, Ankara had seen a “general easing and rapprochement” on the issue.

But he said Turkey was “making preparations” and “considering all options” against possible U.S. sanctions over the purchase.

Akar also said Turkish military personnel were receiving training to operate the S-400 missile defense system.

Washington has said it could withdraw an offer to sell Ankara the U.S. equivalent — the Patriot anti-missile system — and warned that Turkey risks being ejected from the F-35 fighter-jet program.

Turkey is a member of the consortium involved in the production of the jet and a buyer.

128 Shares