Turkey sees little consequence of U.S. sanctions for purchasing S-400s - TASS

Turkey has seen little consequence from U.S. sanctions over the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile system, TASS news agency said on Wednesday.

The U.S. targeted Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for the S-400 purchase in December, with measures including an export licence ban, asset freeze and visa restrictions on top officials.

But the U.S. sanctions have had a limited impact the Russian news agency said, citing a televised interview SSB President Ismail Demir. 

"We have not noticed any direct effect (from U.S. sanctions). We will see the fallout from applying CAATSA but at present there are no clear consequences and we will wait," Demir told broadcaster NTV, according to TASS.

Turkey was now moving forward with purchasing more of the missiles, he said.

"Our work on the second (regiment) of S-400 systems continues”.

Last week, the United States again urged Turkey to jettison the S-400 missile system, which officials say is incompatible with NATO membership.

The new U.S. administration under President Joe Biden has indicated it may introduce tougher sanctions on Turkey over the issue.

“We need to take a look to see the impact that the existing sanctions have had and then determine whether there is more that needs to be done,” new U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January, Bloomberg reported.