Pompeo explains sanctions against Turkey

09:40, 18 December 2020
Pompeo explains sanctions against Turkey Photo: Roberto Monaldo/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo stressed that the goal of the US sanctions against Turkey due to the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems is to prevent Russia from receiving substantial revenue, access, and influence, the diplomat told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the phone.

The sanctions are not intended to undermine the military capabilities or combat readiness of Turkey or any other US Ally or partner, Pompeo stressed.

Secretary Pompeo made clear to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu that Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system endangers the security of US personnel and military technology and allows Russian access to the Turkish armed forces and defense industry, reads the statement by the US Department of State. reported earlier that, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russia is a ‘challenge’ in cyberspace after Moscow’s alleged hacking of the US institutions.