Erdogan accused the U.S. of attacking Turkish sovereignty

Erdogan accused the U.S. of attacking Turkish sovereignty

The U.S. sanctions because of Ankara’s purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs) from Russia are a “blatant attack” on Turkey’s sovereignty. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said so.

He noted that Turkey was the only NATO member country against which the U.S. imposed sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and no other state has faced similar restrictions. “Without the Russian complexes, there would have been another reason for the pressure,” the president said in a video message.

According to Erdogan, the real reason for the sanctions is the U.S. desire to curb the development of the Turkish defense complex and make the country dependent on arms supplies. Ankara will work twice as hard to further improve its defense industry and ensure its full independence, he assured.

On December 14, Washington imposed sanctions against Turkey. Defense Ministry officials and officials, in particular, the head of the Secretariat of Defense Industry Ismail Demir, as well as three other individuals were subjected to them.

The S-400 deliveries, which caused a crisis in Turkey-U.S. relations, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to back out of the deal and buy American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey altogether.