US imposes sanctions against Turkey for ties with Russia

10:18, 15 December 2020
US imposes sanctions against Turkey for ties with Russia Photo: Diego Cupolo/ Look Press

The US has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries, RIA Novosti reports.

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, Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system, reads the statement by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo.

The sanctions include a ban on all US export licenses and authorizations to SSB and an asset freeze and visa restrictions on Dr. Ismail Demir, SSB’s president, and other SSB officers.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the US sanctions against Turkey for the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) did not surprise Moscow, reported earlier.