The US has proposed to impose sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of Russian S-400s.
The bill was introduced by congressmen Adam Kinzinger, Abigail Spanberger, and Michael McCaull. The document is called the “Law on countering the export of Russian weapons,” it proposes to recognize the supply of S-400 “significant transaction,” which under current US law requires the introduction of sanctions.
The congressmen’s proposal is published on Kinzinger’s website.
Deliveries of anti-aircraft missile systems, which caused a crisis in relations between Ankara and Washington, began in mid-July last year. The US demanded to abandon the deal and purchase their patriot complexes. At the same time, the Americans threatened to delay or cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, as well as impose sanctions against it. Ankara refused to make concessions.
Last year, Russia fulfilled the first contract to supply Turkey with four s-400 divisions worth $ 2.5 billion. In June, the parties also reached an agreement in principle on the delivery of the second set of air defense systems.
A few weeks ago, Senator John Thune introduced an amendment to the US defense budget, in which he proposed to buy the S-400 complexes from Turkey. At that time, the official representative of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation, Maria Vorobyova, noted that Ankara could not transfer anti-aircraft missile systems to Washington without Moscow’s consent. Also, the spokesman for the Turkish ruling party, Omer Celik, stressed that there are no legal grounds for reselling the S-400.