U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Turkey and all U.S. allies on Wednesday ought to chorus from making additional purchases of Russian weaponry, threatening the opportunity of extra sanctions.
Frayed relations between NATO allies Turkey and the United States had been additional examined over the weekend after President Joe Biden acknowledged the 1915 Armenian massacres as genocide, infuriating Ankara.
Speaking at a digital occasion at Foreign Press Center (FPC), Blinken stated given Biden’s long-standing views on the Armenia concern, his resolution was not and mustn’t have been a shock. He additionally reiterated that Turkey was a important NATO ally for Washington and expressed his hope that the 2 sides can resolve their points.
But he additionally warned Ankara and others from additional purchases from Russia. Turkey has stated it was in talks with Russia on procuring a second batch of S-400s.
“It’s also very important going forward that Turkey, and for that matter all U.S. allies and partners, avoid future purchases of Russian weaponry, including additional S-400s,” Blinken stated.
“Any significant transactions with Russian defense entities, again, could be subject to the law, to CAATSA, and that’s separate from and in addition to the sanctions that have already been imposed,” he stated, referring to Countering America’s Adversaries by Sanctions Act, which is designed to dissuade international locations from shopping for army gear from Russia.
U.S.-Turkish relations have been strained over points starting from Turkey’s buy of Russian S-400 air protection methods – over which it was the goal of U.S. sanctions – to coverage variations on Syria, human rights and a U.S. courtroom case focusing on Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank.
Washington in December imposed sanctions on Turkey over its buy of Russian air defenses, whereas Ankara has been angered that the United States has armed Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria and never extradited a U.S.-based cleric Turkey accuses of orchestrating a 2016 coup try.
Biden, in his first name with Erdogan on Friday since taking workplace in Jan. 20, informed Erdogan about his resolution on Armenians.
Blinken stated the 2 leaders had a “good conversation” and that Biden was wanting ahead to assembly Erdogan in June on the sidelines of the NATO summit.
Turkey’s presidential spokesman stated on Sunday Biden’s declaration was “simply outrageous” and Turkey would reply over the approaching months.
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