Washington considering S-400 sanctions on Turkey – U.S. Treasury Secretary

The United States is considering placing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian-built S-400 missile defence systems, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday.

Washington expelled Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet programme in July after the first delivery of S-400s was received. The U.S. Congress has also passed bills requiring the government to impose measures on Turkey under 2017 legislation designed to discourage countries from defence partnerships with Russia.

“We’re looking at that, I’m not going to make any comments on any specific decisions, but we are looking at it,” Reuters quoted Mnuchin as saying to reporters outside the White House.

After the S-400 shipments began in July, U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Senate for “flexibility” on dealing with Turkey and is believed to oppose the sanctions.

NATO officials believe the presence of the Russian systems could allow Moscow to gain sensitive information on the F-35s through subterfuge.