Members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling for President Donald Trump to sanction Ankara over its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.
Turkey on Tuesday took delivery of the second batch of Russian S-400 amid ongoing tension between Ankara and Washington over it’s procurement of the long-range missile system.
Washington maintains the S-400 could compromise U.S. intelligence and allows Russia to gain information about the F-35’s technology. The Trump administration last month ejected Turkey from the U.S.-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme over the purchase and has further threatened sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The committee through a post on Twitter has called on Trump push through on the threat of sanctions.
“President Trump, you must sanction Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 air defence system, as required by U.S. law. Turkey’s interests are best served by partnership with the U.S., not the Kremlin,’’ it said.
Turkey on August 27 received the second shipment of the Russian S-400 air defense systems, the Defense Ministry has announced.
The pressure arrives as Turkey and Russia say they will deepen defence cooperation following a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Under CAATSA, Washington is required to impose penalties on Ankara over the missile-defence move
In July, a bipartisan group of senators urged the U.S. president to impose sanctions on Ankara for procuring the long-range missile system.