April 17, 2019

Turkey Risks U.S. Sanctions Over Russian Missile-Defense-System Purchase

Featuring Peter Harrell

Source: National Journal

Journalist Harrison Cramer

Turkish officials are lobbying top Trump administration officials this week to cancel sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-made missile-defense system.

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which President Trump signed into law in 2017, requires the president to impose sanctions against anyone who conducts a “significant transaction” with Russia’s defense or intelligence sectors. Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 is likely to trip those sanctions, and Ankara wants Trump to intervene.

“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,” said İbrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Tuesday.

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  • Peter Harrell

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is a former adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export cont...