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US warns to sanction Turkey over S-400 missiles purchase from Russia

The United States has warned Turkey over the purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia. In an exclusive statement to a Greek news website Hellas Journal, a representative of the State Department expressed Washington’s concerns over the purchase and threatened with sanctions and repercussions in defense trade.

“an S-400 acquisition could potentially trigger actions under the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and have serious ramifications for U.S. ability to do business with Turkey across the defense trade spectrum, the state department official said according to the Greek website.

The United States is committed to Turkey’s security and ensuring Turkey’s ability to defend itself. We have long made it clear that we want to work collaboratively on air and missile defense with Turkey,” the official said adding “the United States has also made it clear to Turkey that we have very serious concerns with plans to proceed with the acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.”
It is important that NATO countries procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems and a Russian system does not meet that standard, the official added stressing that “sSuch procurement is inconsistent with the commitment made by Allies at the Warsaw Summit to enhance resilience by working to address existing dependencies on Russian-sourced legacy military equipment through national efforts.”
A few days ago, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the installation of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles system will start in October 2019.
Hellas Journal noted that the delivery of the US F-35 fighter jets will depend on the purchase of the S-400.

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