U.S. passes Turkey sanctions bill over Russian missiles purchase
The United States House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, the latest move in the chamber to push U.S. President Donald Trump to take a harder line against Ankara, Al-Monitor reported.
House lawmakers unanimously adopted the bipartisan amendment, introduced by Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, and Democrat Representative Abigail Spanberger, as part of the annual defence authorisation bill, which passed 295-125, Al-Monitor said.
The bill, introduced on July 17, Countering Russia’s Export of Arms Act, “would designate this acquisition by Turkey as a significant transaction pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA),” Kinzinger said.
NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been at odds over Ankara's purchase of the S-400s, which Washington maintains are incompatible with the alliance's defence systems.
The United States halted the delivery of 100 F-35s Turkey was set to purchase and suspended it from the programme to build the fifth-generation jets after Ankara received deliveries of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems last July. But, Trump avoided imposing severe sanctions under CAATSA that stipulates a country which purchases a major defence system from Russia should be sanctioned.
Meanwhile, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch has also introduced to a similar amendment to the defence bill in the upper chamber, mandating the Trump administration to implement CAATSA sanctions on Turkey within 30 days of passage of the bill, Al-Monitor said.