Ankara condemned the US imposition of sanctions against Turkey in connection with the purchase of Russian S-400 systems. This was announced on Monday, December 14, at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
The department announced retaliatory measures.
“Turkey will take the necessary steps against this decision, which will inevitably negatively affect our relations. Turkey will also not refrain from taking measures that it considers necessary to ensure its national security, ”the Foreign Ministry said on the official website.
They stressed that the statements by the States about the vulnerability of NATO systems after Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 are not substantiated. As recalled in Ankara, the country has repeatedly offered the United States to create a technical working group with the participation of NATO “beyond political bias.” At the moment, the States have also been asked to reconsider the decision on sanctions.
At the same time, the head of the secretariat of the Turkish defense industry, Ismail Demir, said on Twitter that the sanctions would not harm the country’s defense industry. He stressed that outside pressure will not force Ankara to change its position.
Earlier on Monday, the United States imposed restrictions on the Turkish Defense Industry Authority and its head Ismail Demir under the Law on Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions.
At the same time, the State Department stressed that the restrictions are directed against Moscow.
Back in October, the United States promised Turkey “serious consequences” after testing the S-400. At the end of August, the head of the Rostec state corporation Sergei Chemezov stressed that the signing of a contract with Ankara for an additional batch of S-400 air defense systems is expected in 2021.
Deliveries of Russian S-400 air defense systems to Ankara began in mid-June 2019, which led to a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States.
The S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system can destroy modern air attack targets, including ballistic missiles. The detection range is up to 600 km, the radius of the cover zone is 400 km.