U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a telephone conversation that the Russian S-400 air defense systems bought by Turkey put the U.S. military in danger, the State Department reported.
“Secretary Pompeo made clear to Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu that the purchase of S-400 systems endangers U.S. military personnel and U.S. military technology, and gives Russia access to Turkey’s military and its defense industry,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Pompeo himself confirmed on Twitter that he had spoken to Çavuşoğlu.
“Our actions demonstrate that the U.S. will fully implement the CAATSA sanctions law and prevent Russia from gaining revenue, access and influence,” Pompeo wrote.
Washington earlier imposed sanctions against the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat, its head Ismail Demir and three other officials.
According to the US Secretary of State, the decision was related to Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 systems.
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019.
Washington demanded to cancel the deal and in return buy American Patriot systems, threatening to cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries by Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Ankara refused to make concessions and continued negotiations on an additional batch of S-400s.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted that the new U.S. restrictive measures against Turkey once again show Washington’s inability to compete fairly.