The U.S. authorities are going to impose sanctions against Turkey over the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) S-400.
The restrictive measures could be introduced “any day” under the law “On Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions. The measures are expected to affect Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate and its head Ismail Demir.
Earlier in December, Turkey paid Russia for the supply of S-400 air defense systems. Sergei Chemezov, head of the Rostec State Corporation, said that Ankara will have to decide on the supply of a second batch of S-400s.
S-400 deliveries, which caused a crisis in Turkey’s relations with the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to reject the deal and in return buy American Patriot systems, threatening to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey altogether.