On June 11, Turkey stated that the U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution, which condemns Ankara’s purchase of defense systems of Russia and urges potential sanctions posed a threat, as Reuters reported.
“Relations between the two NATO members have been strained on several fronts including Ankara’s plans to buy Russia’s S-400 air defense systems, the detention of U.S. consular staff in Turkey, and conflicting strategy over Syria and Iran,” the news agency reads.
The confrontation threatens to impose the U.S. sanctions, which would hurt Turkey’s weak economy, and raise questions over its role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
“The resolution, introduced in May and entitled “Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance”, was agreed in the House on Monday,” the message reads.
It calls Turkey for canceling the purchase of S-400 and “calls for sanctions if it accepts their delivery, which may come as soon as July”.
The resolution reads that this would erode the U.S.-led transatlantic defense alliance.
“In response, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its foreign policy and judicial system were being maligned by “unfair” and “unfounded” allegations in the resolution,” the news agency reported.
“It is unacceptable to take decisions which do not serve to increase mutual trust, to continue to keep the language of threats and sanctions on the agenda and to set various artificial deadlines,” it reads.