US Threatens Turkey With Sanctions in Case of Russian S-400 Purchase
“We want to help Turkey find a better alternative to meet its air defense needs,” the official said.
Earlier in February, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke out against the language of threats regarding its purchase of the S-400 systems.
“We do not use and will not accept the language of threats. Yes, the US Congress adopted a law [on anti-Russia sanctions]. But we need to ensure our national security. We would like to purchase the means to ensure it from our allies … We spoke to not only Russia but with other countries too. We finished talks with Russia long before the Congress, only small details were left,” he told a press conference with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson.
The US State Department has previously threatened to apply “appropriate measures” against countries willing to buy Russia’s S-400 systems.