US senator: Sanctions are essential if Turkey gets Russian missiles

US Senator Lindsey Graham said Turkey would get the Russian missile system it is expected to receive this month, and will be punished in accordance with US law, under which Ankara will not be able to acquire US warplanes of the model F-35.

Face the Nation program which is broadcast on CBS News held an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham who was asked about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement that US President Donald Trump had made assurances that Turkey would not face sanctions to receive and activate Russian missile defense system S-400, Which is said to be incompatible with NATO regulations.

"Under our law, if Turkey ... activates the S-400 missile battery purchased from the Russians, sanctions are required," Graham said. "This is impossible," in reference to the CAATSA Act of 2017. " And necessary. "

Graham said the US Senate passed legislation last week banning the sale of F-35 stealth fighters to Turkey if it installed the Russian system. "There is no way to transfer F-35 technology to Turkey and allowing them to buy a Russian missile battery at the same time.

Speaking to reporters in Japan on Sunday at the G-20 summit, Erdogan told reporters that Trump supports Turkey in the S-400 and F-35 cases.

"They are looking for different options when it comes to sanctions," Erdogan told the press, adding that Turkey had already paid $ 1.4 billion for 116 US fighter jets.

The Turkish president expects the S-400 to begin delivery this week. "Within a week, a maximum of 10 days, the first batch of S-400 missiles will be delivered," Erdogan said. "I made it clear to Tramp myself that Putin told him that too."

On Saturday, Trump said the United States had dealt with Turkey unfairly in the past and that the allies were now faced with a complex situation over Ankara's decision to buy the S-400, but he did not make any decision on sanctions.

Graham said Turkey was NATO's main ally and hoped to find a way to resolve the dilemma. I do not want a conflict with Turkey. They are a very important ally. But under our law, we will impose sanctions on Ankara.



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