The State Department remains categorical about the purchase of Russian weapons by its allies and warns of punishment
The United States warns Turkey and its other allies against buying weapons from Russia, as this could aggravate relations between them and the United States, as well as lead to the imposition of sanctions.
This was stated by the head of the State Department Anthony Blinken during a round table, reports The Hill.
He singled out Turkey, which is in talks with Russia for a second purchase of the S-400 air defense system, saying it could be punished under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
вЂњIt is very important that Turkey and all US allies and partners avoid future purchases of Russian weapons, including additional S-400s,вЂќ Blinken said.
Recall that in early April, the United States re-imposed sanctions against the Turkish Defense Industry Administration (SSB), as well as four officials for a вЂњmajor dealвЂќ with the Russian defense sector in 2017.
Earlier, Turkey said that it would not abandon the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from Russia, even despite the threat of US sanctions.