Clark Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, explained the imposition of sanctions against Turkey over the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM).
According to him, the measures are designed to вЂњcorrect the courseвЂќ of Turkey, but should not affect relations between the two countries. вЂњOur idea is to rectify the situation. In terms of our relations, maintaining communication, as well as cooperation and coordination of actions is in the interests of Turkey, the United States and the alliance [NATO], вЂќ he said.
Cooper added that Washington, despite the imposition of sanctions against Ankara, does not seek to exclude the country from NATO.
On December 14, Washington imposed sanctions on Ankara. They hit the staff of the Turkish defense department and officials, in particular the head of the secretariat of the Turkish defense industry Ismail Demir, as well as three other individuals.
Deliveries of the S-400, which caused a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States, began in mid-July 2019. Washington demanded to abandon the deal and purchase American Patriot systems in return, threatening to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey.