Trump administration to impose long-awaited sanctions on Turkey over Russian missile defense system

December 11, 2020

The Washington Post:


The Trump administration plans to impose long-awaited sanctions on Turkey, in the coming days, for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile defense system, according to two officials familiar with the measures.

The expected announcement, first reported by Reuters, comes as Congress is poised to pass a sweeping defense bill requiring President Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing the S-400 missile system over the objections of NATO allies.

The defense bill orders the administration to take steps against Turkey within 30 days, using at least five categories of sanctions that Congress approved under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, better known as CAATSA. Lawmakers in both parties have argued that the law, passed in 2017 to limit countries and individuals from cooperating with defense, energy, and other sectors of Russia, Iran, and North Korea, ought to be applied against Turkey and the Turkish officials responsible for last year’s purchase of the S-400 system…


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