Turkey Defies U.S. - Receives first Russian Missile Shipment

Turkey Defies U.S. - Receives first Russian Missile Shipment

A Russian-made missile system arrived in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday, which could cause tensions with the U.S. after the Defense Department said that sanctions could be issued if they accepted the weapons shipment.

The S-400 air defense missile shipment arrived at the Murted Air Base CNN reported, citing the Turkish Defense Ministry.

The decision to purchase the missile fortified ties between the Turkish and Russian governments.

The U.S. has said that Turkey's desire for Russian missiles could prevent it from receiving F-35 fighter jets they were supposed to get in a deal with the U.S.

U.S. officials fear the missiles could be used with the jet to gather intelligence on the F-35, according to CNN. 

"It is up to allies to decide what military equipment they buy. However, we are concerned about the potential consequences of Turkey's decision to acquire the S-400 system," a NATO official told the news network. 

The Defense Department this month laid out penalties that Turkey could face, including sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act  (CAATSA), for receiving the missile shipment. 

“There is strong bipartisan U.S. Congressional determination to see CAATSA sanctions imposed on Turkey if Turkey acquires the S-400,” wrote acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “President Trump committed to boost bilateral trade from $20 billion currently to more than $75 billion, however that may be challenging if the United States imposes CAATSA sanctions.”


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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Doug Brown · 5 months ago
    It was a mistake allowing Turkey into NATO in the first place. There then, true now.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Peter Milne · 5 months ago
    Shock HORROR - a country has Defied the USA