The United States has imposed sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) due to Ankara's purchase of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. This was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to the website of the U.S. Department of State.
Pompeo has said he would not tolerate significant deals with Russia's defense sector.
The sanctions include a ban on all U.S. export licenses and authorizations to SSB and an asset freeze and visa restrictions on Dr. Ismail Demir, SSB’s president, and other officers.
"Today’s action sends a clear signal that the United States will fully implement CAATSA Section 231 and will not tolerate significant transactions with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors,” the statement said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in turn, has condemned the imposed sanctions.
As we reported earlier, in 2021, the Ukrainian military is going to purchase five new Turkish drones, Bayraktar TB2i.
"The decision has been made and planned; next year, we will procure five new Bayraktars for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They have got somewhat different tactical and technical characteristics, including the altitude and effective range," reads the message.