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State Department concerned with Turkey’s efforts to operate S-400

January 25, 2020 at 2:08pm
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The US is deeply concerned with reports that Turkey is continuing its efforts to bring the S-400 into operation, a State Department official has said.

Responding to a press report on Hellas Journal website, the official noted that “we are deeply concerned with reports that Turkey is continuing its efforts to bring the S-400 into operation. We have taken tangible steps in response to Turkey’s receipt of the system by unwinding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 programme.”

Moreover he said that “we cannot preview a timeline for a CAATSA decision on Turkey; however, we take the responsibilities under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) seriously and will comply with all laws.  Deliberations surrounding CAATSA, Turkey’s S-400 purchase, and an associated sanctions package remain ongoing.”

He went on to say that “CAATSA deliberations are multifaceted, complex, and conducted on a case-by-case basis.  The Administration always considers the importance of maintaining CAATSA’s credibility as a deterrent for Russian arms sales around the world during sanctions deliberations.”

“We remain committed to our strategic relationship with our NATO ally Turkey,” the official concluded.

(Cyprus News Agency)