Turkey Expects US to Urgently Abandon 'Erroneous' Sanctions Over S-400s, Defence Minister Says
Henry Batyaev. Sputnik International
11:32 GMT 22.12.2020(updated 14:22 GMT 22.12.2020)
The US passed a law earlier this month authorising sanctions against Turkey over its acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defence systems which the US has long slammed as incompatible with NATO requirements.
Turkey expects the US to urgently revise its "mistaken" decision to slap sanctions on Ankara over the purchase of S-400s, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told broadcaster NTV on Tuesday.
"We will do whatever it takes to mitigate the harm caused by the sanctions", Akar said.
Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) over the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems. The punitive measures targeted four affiliates of the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), including its head, Ismail Demir.
In particular, the sanctions banned all US exports to the SSB and froze the assets of the designated persons.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyup Erdogan slammed the US decision to impose sanctions but assured they won't stop Ankara from pursuing attempts to defend its rights.
The United States has been a vociferous critic of Turkey's decision to buy the Russian systems, saying they were incompatible with NATO security standards and endanger US military technology, particularly related to the operation of US-made F-35 jets.
Washington subsequently suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter partnership.
In 2017, Ankara signed an agreement with Moscow preferring Russia's defence systems to the US Patriot system after the US and Turkey failed to reach a consensus over technology transfers. In 2019, Turkey received several S-400 battalions worth $2.5 billion.
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