Turkey: Unanimous condemnation of U.S. sanctions

Turkey: Unanimous condemnation of U.S. sanctions

A statement from the State Department said: “The unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States are a completely inexplicable behaviour”, adding that “we condemn and reject the US decision”.

“We urge the U.S. to reconsider this unfair decision as announced today and to rectify this grave mistake as soon as possible”, the statement said and emphasizes that otherwise “the necessary steps will be taken against this decision and a respond will be given at the appropriate time”.

The United States has decided to impose some sanctions on Turkey for buying the S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Russia.

The decision to impose sanctions will not change the attitude of me personally and my team, said the head of the Directorate of Defence Industry, Ismail Demir.

In a post on his Twitter account, Demir referred to the decision of the United States of America to impose sanctions against Turkey.

“We are committed to the goal of a fully independent defense industry led by the President of our Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Any decision against me or our service taken abroad will not change the attitude of myself personally and my team. It will not hinder the Turkish defense industry in any way”, Demir Demir noted.

” Today, The United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. SSB is Turkey’s primary defense procurement entity and has responsibilities in defense industrial development. As a part of this action, the United States is imposing full blocking sanctions and visa restrictions on Ismail Demir, the president of SSB; Faruk Yigit, SSB’s vice president; Serhat Gencoglu, SSB’s Head of the Department of Air Defense and Space; and Mustafa Alper Deniz, Program Manager for SSB’s Regional Air Defense Systems Directorate.

The United States made clear to Turkey at the highest levels and on numerous occasions that its purchase of the S-400 system would endanger the security of U.S. military technology and personnel and provide substantial funds to Russia’s defense sector, as well as Russian access to the Turkish armed forces and defense industry. Turkey nevertheless decided to move ahead with the procurement and testing of the S-400, despite the availability of alternative, NATO-interoperable systems to meet its defense requirements. This decision resulted in Turkey’s suspension and pending removal from the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter partnership.

Today’s action sends a clear message that the United States will fully implement CAATSA Article 231 and will not tolerate significant trade with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors. I also urge Turkey to resolve the S-400 issue immediately in coordination with the United States. Turkey is a valuable ally and an important regional security partner for the United States, and we seek to continue our productive decades-long defense cooperation by removing the obstacle to Turkey’s possession of the S-400 as soon as possible”./ibna