Gravitas: The US imposes sanctions on Turkey
Washington took this step after Ankara acquired Russian S-400 complexes
U.S. imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Defense Industry Authority (SSB), State Department said in a statement released on Monday.
The sanctions were imposed “in accordance with section 231 of the Law on Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions (CAATSA) for knowingly participating in a major deal with Rosoboronexport,” namely, Ankara’s acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
“The United States Imposes Full Blockage Sanctions and Visa Restrictions on Ismail Demir, SSB President; Farouk Yigit, Vice President of the SSB; Serhat Genkoglu, Head of the SSB Air Defense and Space Directorate; and Mustafa Alper Deniz, program manager for the SSB regional air defense system, ”the US Foreign Office said in a statement..
The State Department noted that the imposition of sanctions is not aimed at undermining the military capabilities or combat readiness of Turkey or any other US ally or partner..
US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons stressed during a telephone press conference that Turkey’s purchase of S-400 complexes left Washington no choice but to impose sanctions.
Unloading a Russian S-400 air defense system from a cargo plane in Ankara, Turkey (archive photo)
“The United States at the highest level has repeatedly made it clear to Turkey that the acquisition of the S-400 systems would jeopardize the security of US military equipment and personnel and provide the Russian defense sector with significant funds, as well as access to the Turkish armed forces and defense industry,” he said..
Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, admitted that “imposing sanctions on a NATO ally is not an easy step.” “We continue to value Turkey’s contribution to NATO,” Palmer said..
The sanctions include, inter alia, a ban on the issuance of export licenses and permits for any goods or technology transferred by SSB, a ban on loans or credits from US SSB financial institutions totaling more than $ 10 million, as well as visa restrictions for persons in respect of whom sanctions.
Recall that earlier the United States removed Turkey from participating in a joint multilateral partnership for the production of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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