The US State Department has warned Turkey against buying Russia’s S-400 anti-ballistic missile defense system, arguing that such a move would be against their “policy”.
“It goes against our policy to have a NATO ally such as Turkey use an S-400 system. Part of the problem is that it is not interoperable with other NATO systems. And so we are against having some of our partners and allies around the world potentially purchase S-400s,” said U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during a press briefing on Thursday August 23rd.
Nauert refused to confirm if the U.S. would impose sanctions on Turkey in line with the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA).
CAATSA is a federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia and was signed into law by President Trump in August last year
“I am not going to get into that. But we have made very clear what could trigger sanctions for other countries and entities around the world,” she said.
According to “Hurriyet Daily News”, the U.S. State Department’s warning came after Russian state arms maker Rosoboron revealed that the S-400 air defense systems would be delivered to Turkey in 2019.
Washington recently imposed sanctions on Turkish officials and raised tariffs on Turkey’s imports of steel and aluminium over the detention of the American pastor Andrew Branson. Turkey has imposed reciprocal measures on some U.S.-made products and has refused to release the pastor who is on trial on terror charges.
The Turkish lira has dramatically dropped since the imposition of sanctions. Ankara has challenged Washington and said it will not bow to the U.S.