US to impose sanctions on Turkey for purchase of Russian-made S-400 — report

Trump administration officials have reportedly decided to impose economic sanctions on Turkey after its NATO ally refused to back down from a deal to purchase a Russian-made air defense system. Bloomberg News reported Sunday the sanctions would likely be announced later this week after US President Donald Trump signs off on the punitive measures. Officials familiar with the deliberations told Bloomberg that sanctions were one of three options drawn up by the State and Defense Departments along with the National Security Council. The sanctions will be levied through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. According to the officials, Trump will announce the sanctions sometime later this week, after Monday’s anniversary of the 2016 coup attempt against President Recip Tayyip Erdogan. They said Washington did not want to announce the sanctions too close to the anniversary to avoid further speculation in Turkey that the US was behind the failed uprising. Despite repeated warnings by Washington, Turkey on Friday began receiving components of the much-awaited aerial defense system. Four cargo planes carrying S-400 parts arrived at an airfield outside Ankara on Friday and Saturday. Two more planes with S-400 equipment are expected to arrive on Sunday. The US has repeatedly warned it would impose economic sanctions and kick Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet program if Ankara does not drop its S-400 purchase. The Western defense alliance NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, has also expressed concern about the purchase. READ MORE

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