U.S. official: imposing sanctions on Turkey very likely

A very high ranking official in the U.S. State Department on Thursday said that the likelihood of imposing sanctions on Turkey after it had tested the Russian S 400  missile system are ''very big''.

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Clarke Cooper, said to journalists that '' the Turks continue to get the S 400 missile system''.  Adding :'' imposing sanctions have become a very proposed idea, after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last week, that his country had tested on October 16th, the Russian air defense system that Washington says it contradicts Turkey's membership in NATO''. 

Cooper pointed out that Washington told Ankara last year, that the red line as the U.S. is concerned is when Turkey uses the S400 System, that Ankara bought from Moscow in 2017 to get closer to Russia. 

Cooper said :'' we have made it clear to Ankara that testing the S 400 missile system is unacceptable at all'', indicating that the American Administration is still making efforts to convince Turkey not to launch the S 400 missiles''.  

The U.S. administration can impose economic sanctions on Ankara According to a decree passed semi-unanimously by the U.S. Congress in 2017 to face the U.S. enemies, the decree stipulates to impose sanctions automatically on any country concludes a deal with the Russian armament sector.

The U.S. had suspended Turkey's participation in the manufacturing program of new American fighter jets of F- 35, in replying to Ankara's buying of the first Russian battery last year, considering that the S 400 missile system may lead to revealing that advanced fighter jet's technology.



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