Turkey FM says it will retaliate if US places sanctions against Ankara over S-400 purchase

The Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Turkey will retaliate if the United States imposes sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

report has it that,  Cavusoglu stated that placing sanctions on Turkey would be unacceptable adding that he believes US President Donald Trump prefers not to take such action.

Meanwhile, Trump is expected to meet with Republicans leaders on Monday to discuss possible punitive measures it can take against Ankara.

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Earlier this month, Turkey announced that it has received the first installment of a Russian-made S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from its NATO ally the United States.

“The delivery of the first shipment of parts of the S-400 long-range regional air missile defence system began as of July 12, 2019, to Murted air base in Ankara,” Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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Washington has threatened to remove Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet programme, giving Ankara until July 31 to cancel the S-400 purchase or have its pilots kicked off the training course and expelled from the US.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting US counterpart Donald Trump last month that he was confident Ankara would not face sanctions for buying the Russian missile system.

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Erdogan told Trump during their meeting on the margins of the G-20 meeting in Japan that former president Barack Obama did not allow Ankara to buy Patriot missiles — an equivalent of the S-400s.

Trump sounded convinced and said: “You can’t do business that way. It’s not good.”

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