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US: not considering sanctions against Turkey over S-400 deal

Russian Antonov AN-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, carrying the first batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, arrives at Murted Air Base in Ankara, Turkey on 12 July 2019 as S-400 hardware deployment started. [Turkey’s National Defense Ministry / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
Russian Antonov AN-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, carrying the first batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, arrives at Murted Air Base in Ankara, Turkey on 12 July 2019 as S-400 hardware deployment started. [Turkey’s National Defense Ministry / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus said, Tuesday, that the United States had not yet considered sanctions against Turkey for buying the Russian-made S-400 air defence system.

“The Secretary and the President are examining all of the options that are in the CAATSA legislation. I think that we’ve been pretty clear from this podium what the ramifications could be, and I think that you saw those ramifications today when the President talked about the inability of Turkey now to have the F-35” Ortagus told reporters on Tuesday.

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“The Secretary and the President will make a decision based off what they’re required to do according to US law,” she added.

US President, Donald Trump declined on Tuesday to criticise Ankara’s acquisition of the Russian missile system, however, he announced that the Pentagon has suspended Turkey from participating in the NATO F-35 fighter jet production program and from purchasing planned-for 100 F-35s.

Turkey has defended its decision to purchase the Russian missile defence system saying both the United States and Europe did not offer it a suitable alternative when it concluded the deal with Russia.

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