According to the head of the State Department, the main goal of the sanctions is to prevent the expansion of Russian influence
State Department Chief Mike Pompeo had a phone call this week with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, during which diplomatic officials discussed the sanctions imposed by Washington on Ankara over purchases of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). This was announced on Thursday by Deputy State Department spokesman Keil Brown.
U.S. imposed sanctions on Turkey on December 14 under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Brown said in a statement that Secretary of State Pompeo, speaking with Cavusoglu, made it clear that “Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system endangers the safety of American troops and military equipment, and also gives Russia access to the Turkish armed forces and defense industry. “.
Pompeo stressed that the purpose of the sanctions is to prevent Russia from generating revenues from arms sales and expanding Moscow’s influence over other countries.. According to the Secretary of State, the United States does not want to undermine the military potential and combat readiness of the Turkish army and any of its other allies.
The head of the State Department called on Ankara “to solve the problem related to the S-400, in accordance with the long history of cooperation in the defense sector” between the United States and Turkey. He also recalled that Turkey, being a NATO member, has undertaken to acquire weapons that do not pose a threat to the security of other members of the alliance..
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