Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to U.S. sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems (SAMs).
According to the Foreign Minister, the sanctions are not a surprise for Moscow. Moreover, such restrictions are the use of illegitimate measures “left and right” and a manifestation of disregard for international law, Lavrov stressed.
“This does not, I think, add credibility to the United States in the international arena as a responsible participant in the international division of labor,” the minister said.
Earlier it became known that employees of the Turkish defense ministry and officials have fallen under U.S. sanctions. The restrictive measures will affect the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat, Ismail Demir, other employees of the department, as well as three other individuals involved in the deal between Ankara and Moscow.
The S-400 deliveries, which sparked a crisis in Turkey-U.S. relations, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded that the deal be scrapped and that it buy American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey altogether.