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US to impose sanctions on Turkey if Ankara buys Russian S-400s

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áIn case Ankara acquires Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile systems, Washington is ready to impose sanctions on it, said Wess Mitchell, deputy secretary of the State Department for European and Eurasian Affairs.

The US State Department has again warned Turkey against acquiring Russian S-400 ground-to-air systems.

“We have made Turkey understand that in case of acquisition of S-400 [from Russia, ed], there will be consequences. We will impose sanctions in accordance with the law designed to “counter the adversaries of America through sanctions [CAATSA],” said Mr. Mitchell.

Turkey, the second largest NATO army, and Russia signed last December an agreement on S-400 missile deliveries for some 2.5 billion euros. This contract provides for Ankara to purchase two batteries of S-400 systems. The two countries agreed on technical cooperation in this area that would allow Turkey to produce surface-to-air missiles on its territory.

The US Counterfeiting America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), designed to “counter the American adversaries through sanctions”, which came into effect in late January 2018, provides for sanctions on “significant transactions” with companies in the United States. Russian defense and intelligence sector. The US State Department has described the law as a deterrent to those who want to enter into agreements with Russia.

The S-400 Triumph is the most modern Russian anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system, capable of destroying land targets. The range of missiles that equip the S-400 exceeds 400 kilometers. They can reach an altitude of 30 kilometers.