The heads of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday expressed their satisfaction over the House’s approval of a resolution calling on Turkey to cancel the planned purchase of the S-400 missile system from Russia.
The resolution, entitled “Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance”, is signed by essentially the entire institutional leadership of the U.S. Congress and stresses the historic alliance between the U.S. and Turkey, urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to avoid a military connection with Russia that could undermine the U.S.-Turkish alliance and Turkey’s role in NATO.
In a joint announcement issued after the resolution was approved, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel noted that the problem cannot be resolved through a compromise.
“It is something that we rarely see in international relations but this is a black-or-white issue. There is no middle ground. Either Mr. Erdogan cancels the Russian agreement or he doesn’t,” Engel said, warning that there would be no future option where Turkey could have both Russian weapons and American F-35s.
According to Engel, there was no way that Turkey could both “have its cake and eat it” as the US cannot risk exposing technology that was crucial for its national defence to Russia.
Congressman Michael McCaul urged Turkey to choose the U.S. and NATO, noting that the U.S. offer provides for accelerated delivery of the Patriot system in order to give Ankara an alternative option that will restore the relationship.
The resolution also intends to send a message to Turkey that “Congress does not intend to be a passive spectator” in the event that Ankara proceeds with the acquisition of the S-400 system and that this would have serious consequences, the committee said.
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