US dictates Turkey to cancel Russian S400 missile defense system deal.
US dictates Turkey
A senior US State Department official suggested this way to Turkey to end to standoff with the United State
However, the official on Thursday warne d that Turkey can still remain subject to US economic sanctions under a federal law.
The official referred to “Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)”.
Last week, US President Donald Trump hosted Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the White House for a “wonderful “meeting.
However, it was not clear whether the two allies made any progress on the S-400 impasse.
“There is room for Turkey to come back to the table. They know that to make this work they need to either destroy or return or somehow get rid of the S-400,” the official told reporters at a briefing.
“They (Turkey) know that they have the choice to move forward and the choice is to rid themselves of the S-400 so that we can move forward,” he said.
The official said that the risk of American sanctions, under CAATSA, was still a possibility.
“The timeline on CAATSA sanctions is not prescribed or absolute,” he said.
Interestingly, Erdogan-led Turkey also continues to remain an integral part of NATO.
However, pro-Muslim Brotherhood parties and their supporters around the world love Erdogan and in same breath they condemn NATO/US.
However, Turkey signals deal remains in place. Turkey began receiving the S-400 units in July, but the system is not yet operational. The second part of the shipments began on August 27.
Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 systems, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusglu has said that S-400 missile systems would be activated despite repeated US warnings.