Turkey says buying Russian defense system should not trigger US sanctions

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"This issue has been already resolved by Turkey", said Erdogan.

Turkey may temporarily store Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to Turkish media.

Kalin said Ankara has proposed to Washington that the two countries establish a technical committee under the umbrella of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to determine whether S-400 system endanger the F-35 jet as USA argues and that it was waiting to hear back from the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "There was a very positive, constructive conversation".

Following protracted efforts to purchase an air defense system from the USA with no success, Ankara decided in 2017 to purchase Russia's system.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington had told Ankara it could face retribution for buying the S-400s under a sanctions law known as Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSAA).

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"He may have a good case to make to the Congress", he said.

"I think the Turks" thesis has been that Trump will bail them out", Makovsky continued. "Unlike SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Curtis] Scaparrotti and several senior U.S. officials, the White House has never uttered the "S-400s or F-35s - not both' formula, so the Turks are putting their faith in Trump". According to him, it was expected that Turkey would receive the first supplies of S-400 missile systems in July 2019.

"If it comes to that, that is the sanctions proposed to be implemented by the Congress, of course we will expect President Trump to use his power for a waiver on that issue", Kalin said.

Turkey has floated various proposals to try to resolve the standoff, so far to little avail from the Pentagon or State Department.

"Threats, ultimatums and deadlines do not help and they are not in line with the alliance's spirit", Akar said at a conference on American-Turkish relations in Washington where he discussed Turkish procurement of the Russian S-400 missile defense system and pressure the USA has put on Turkey because of its decision.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has refused to back down from Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system the United States has said would compromise the security of F-35 aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. "I'd like to reiterate strongly that there is no change in Turkey's commitment to NATO", Akar said. At the same time, US Defense Department Spokesman Eric Pahon told TASS that the Department is not considering creating such a group with Turkey.

"We proposed to the American side to establish a technical committee to look into the S-400", the senior Turkish official said Monday.

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defense secretary, has called Turkey's planned purchase of the S-400 "incompatible" with the sale of F-35s. "We do not want the F-35 jeopardized by any Russian technology".

"We do not exclusively want to be a market anymore, instead we want to be partners as in the case of F-35s", he said.

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