Sanctions against Turkey, imposed by the U.S. over the purchase of Russian air defense systems (ADMS) S-400, demonstrate the inability of Washington to compete fairly. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made this statement.
“This is yet another manifestation of the inability to withstand competition by playing by the rules. We need additional steps in securing some kind of competitive advantage for ourselves, despite the fact that these steps stand outside the law. This includes unilateral sanctions on the military-industrial complex as well,” Zakharova said at the briefing.
Turkey the day before also condemned the restrictive measures imposed by the United States, calling them groundless and unfair. The Turkish Foreign Ministry stressed that there are no technical grounds for the sanctions – the claims that the purchase of these SAMs makes NATO systems vulnerable have no real basis.
On December 14, Washington imposed sanctions against Ankara. The sanctions targeted employees of the Turkish defense ministry and officials, in particular, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat Ismail Demir, as well as three more individuals.
The S-400 deliveries, which caused a crisis in Turkey-U.S. relations, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to cancel 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.