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U.S. sanctions over Russian weapon might startle Turkey

Turkey risks being cut out of manufacture and use of American F-35 fighter jets, “which could mark a step toward a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”
14:24, 30 May 2019

Russian S-400 missile air defence systems
Reuters

Turkey might face U.S. sanctions over its decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense system with its currency being already soft and economy vulnerable and challenging its position within NATO and the region, as Reuters reported.

“If no solution is found in coming weeks and U.S.-Turkish tensions continue to worsen, tit-for-tat sanctions could hit trade between the allies and prolong a recession in Turkey that has already tested President Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power,” the news agency reported.

Besides, Turkey risks being cut out of manufacture and use of American F-35 fighter jets, “which could mark a step toward a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”.

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“It’s very complex to resolve because both U.S. and Turkish officials see this as a reflection of a larger geo-political balancing. Sanctions would have a very consequential effect on Turkey, but probably not mark a breaking point in its U.S. relationship,” Galip Dalay said.

Ankara and Washington had arguments over Turkey’s intentions to buy the S-400s, which according to the U.S. “is incompatible with the Western alliance’s defense network and poses a threat to the F-35s that Turkey also plans to buy”.

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Turkey informed that defending its territory poses no threat to allies.

“Both sides are entrenched even while they have repeated a desire to avoid so-called CAATSA sanctions, which by U.S. law would be triggered when the Russian anti-aircraft weapon arrives on Turkish soil, possibly as soon as July,” the message says.

 

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