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December 15 According to a report by Russian satellite network, on the 14th local time, the U.S. government announced sanctions on Turkey on the grounds that Turkey purchased a Russian-made S-400 air defense system.

In response, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would “denounce and reject” the relevant decisions of Washington and reserve the right to respond.

According to the report, the U.S. Treasury Department said on the 14th that it would impose sanctions on four Turkish officials and the Turkish Defense Industry Agency responsible for the purchase of the S-400 system for Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

In response, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Turkey will “take the necessary measures to oppose this decision, which may inevitably have a negative impact on our relations.

In addition, in order to ensure national security, Turkey will not exercise restraint in taking the necessary measures accordingly.

However, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not specify what these measures may contain.

“Turkey contracts with Russia to purchase S-400 anti-aircraft missile system in 2017” NATO countries such as the United States have repeatedly warned Turkey not to buy this Russian-made system, believing that the system is not compatible with NATO weapons systems and may help Russia locate and track F-35 fighters of the United States and its allies in the future.

Russia began to deliver the S-400 system to Turkey in July 2019, and the United States subsequently announced that it would suspend Turkey’s eligibility to participate in the F-35 fighter project.

Turkish President Erdoğan confirmed in October 2020 that Turkey has tested the S-400 system, saying that the test will continue and Turkey will not seek permission from the United States for this purpose.

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