Turkey pins hopes on Trump to avoid sanctions over missile deal with Putin

  • After purchasing a Russian air defense system, Turkey wants to avoid punitive sanctions from the U.S. President Trump would have to intervene, but he has little authority to sway Turkey’s critics in Washington, DC.
  • As NATO allies, Turkey and the U.S. have disagreed on Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems. The U.S. said the purchase is “incompatible with the Western alliance’s defense network” and would also threaten the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets that Turkey wants to purchase.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with several U.S. senators, have threatened Turkey with penalties for purchasing the defense systems from Russia. There is legislation that calls for these sanctions.
  • Turkey countered with the sanctions shouldn’t apply since they are a NATO member and present no danger to the U.S.
  • Turkey is already dealing with a recession after a dispute with the U.S. last year caused a currency crisis.
  • Before Turkey received the first order of S-400s, a group of senior Turkish ministers went to Washington to discuss the issue and ended up meeting with President Trump.
  • Minor U.S. sanctions could have a further devastating effect on the Turkish currency, the lira, which lost 30% of its value last year.

Reference Links & Additional Info

  • Al-Monitor: Why Turkey’s reliance on Trump for S-400 sanctions waiver appears misguided READ
  • Xinhua: Turkey understands NATO’s concerns on Russian
    missile deal: FM – Xinhua CLICK HERE

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