WASHINGTON — State Division officers on Monday introduced the Trump administration is sanctioning Turkey for its “unacceptable” buy of a $2.5 billion missile protection system from Russia.
The sanctions come greater than a yr after Turkey bought Russia’s S-400 system in July 2019 — a violation of a legislation handed by Congress in 2017 requiring sanctions on any nation that made a “important buy” of protection tools from Moscow.
The State Division stated Turkey had been warned “on the highest ranges” that buying the S-400 wouldn’t solely threaten US army know-how and personnel however give the Kremlin important funds and entry to the Turkish army.
Repeated provides for the NATO ally to as a substitute buy US Patriot fighter jets had been ignored, officers stated.
“This choice left us no various however to behave,” Chris Ford, Trump’s prime diplomat for arms management, Assistant Secretary of State for Worldwide Safety and Nonproliferation, advised reporters.
“Sadly, Turkey turned down each single one in all these efforts over actually a number of years now and lots of engagements and lots of alternate options provided, leaving us with no alternative in the end,” he went on.
“We very a lot remorse that this has been obligatory and we very a lot hope that Turkey will work with us to resolve the S-400 drawback as rapidly as doable,” he continued.
The sanctions will goal Turkey’s protection procurement and growth physique, the Presidency of Defence Industries.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the choice as a betrayal of their NATO alliance as relations between the 2 international locations proceed to fray.
“From our NATO ally america, we anticipate assist in our battle in opposition to terrorist organizations and forces which have plans for our area, not sanctions,” he stated throughout a cupboard assembly, in keeping with Reuters.
President Trump had been reluctant to slap Ankara with sanctions of their missile acquisition and it’s unclear how the sanctions, launched within the remaining weeks of the Trump administration, will influence President-elect Joe Biden’s relationship with Erdogan.