Turkey & United States At Odds Over Sanctions

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan gave an outline of the sanctions imposed on Turkey by the United States. The sanctions were imposed over its purchase of a Russian air defense system as an attempt to obstruct the country’s rising defense industry. In his speech, Erdogan said the sanctions would increase the government’s determination to make the defense industry even stronger. 


The sanctions were imposed on Monday over Turkey’s procurement of Russia’s advanced S-400 system. As part of a U.S. law known as CAATSA, the Americans are aimed at pushing back on Russian influence. This would mark the first time that a law has been passed to penalize a U.S. ally. 


The Penalties


Not even Bestbonus.co.nz could make a solid prediction on the future of these sanctions. Could the U.S. and Turkey have a strained relationship? Will Russia continue to interfere? Many predictions are coming out of the woodwork due to the sanctions imposed by the United States



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The penalties will block any assets the four officials may have in the U.S. jurisdictions and bar any Turk into America. This also includes a bad on most export licenses, loans, and credits to the agency, and it will block the progress that Turkey has made towards improving their defense structure. What frustrates Erdogan is that the sanctions make it seem to like Turkey must rely on the United States. That could lead to animosity and force Turkey to work even hard to try and defy the Americans. 


Bad Blood Brewing


This wasn’t the first sign that tensions were brewing between the U.S. and Turkey. The U.S. has already kicked Turkey out of its F-35 stealth jet program, saying that the Turks’ use alongside Russian technology would jeopardize the safety of the fighter jets. Washington claimed that the Russian systems would be interoperable with NATO systems. 


This did not bode well for Turkey. They claimed that Russian technology did not have any risk to the NATO systems because they wouldn’t be integrated into defense strategies involving S-400s. On Monday, Erdogan reiterated that stance, as well as the fact that Turkey wasn’t even offered the U.S. Patriot systems, which left the country no other option to purchase the Russian system for its national security. 


The U.S has countered that argument by saying the Patriot deal fell through over Turkey’s insistence on technology transfer rights. This would have eventually allowed Turkey to make missiles themselves, which ran against the United State’s manufacturer proprietary interests, as well as national security concerns. In 2019, Turkey took delivery of the S-400 missiles and tested them for the first time. At this point, many of us are just wondering if the two nations can just get along already? Only time will tell if this relationship has any chance of being repaired. 

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