USA senators press for Turkey sanctions over Russian Federation missile system

Military vehicles and equipment parts of the S-400 air defense systems are unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft at Murted military airport in Ankara Turkey Friday

Military vehicles and equipment parts of the S-400 air defense systems are unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft at Murted military airport in Ankara Turkey Friday

Two leading senators pressed Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to comply with existing law and impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile system.

United States politicians pressed the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defence system, saying the failure to do so sends a "terrible signal".

According to Sputnik, the general director of the largest Russian arms exporter, the Rosoboronexport company, Alexandr Mijeev, the signing of the new contract for the acquisition of anti-aircraft systems will take place in the first half of 2020.

"The time of patience has expired a long time ago". "It is time you applied the law".

Graham and Van Hollen warned Pompeo that not sanctioning Ankara over its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 system, which the USA claimed is incompatible with NATO's air defence networks, sends a "terrible signal" to other countries that they can "flout U.S. laws without consequence". While U.S. says the Russian system poses a threat to its F-35 fighter jets, Turkey has repeatedly said the procurement will not be a problem for the program.

Pompeo told reporters November 26 that Turkey's move to adopt the S-400 is "concerning" but that "we're still talking to the Turks".

He said "we have made very clear to the Turkish government our desire to see them move away from" putting the S-400 "into full operationalization".

"And I'm confident that we will comply with the law, and President Trump will comply with the law.' You were right when you made that statement", the Senators, now sponsoring a bill aiming to sanction Turkey over its military invasion into Syria against Kurdish forces, reportedly told Pompeo.

Sitting alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump was asked whether he would issue sanctions on Turkey over the purchase of the S-400 missile system. Graham, who is otherwise a close Trump ally, has sharply criticized the president for not taking a tougher stance with countries like Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Senator Jim Risch, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters the committee would vote next week on a separate bill to impose stiff sanctions on Ankara.

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