Pentagon awaits White House signal on sanctions against Turkey
The U.S. Department of Defence is working on implications of policies set forth by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence regarding Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, U.S. Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen M. Lord told reporters on Friday.
The United States sanctioned three Turkish ministers and doubled tariffs on Turkish steel on Monday following the country’s offensive into northeast Syrian territory controlled by U.S.-allied Kurdish forces on October 9.
The Congress is considering further sanctions, while current sanctions have been put on hold as part of a deal between the United States and Turkey for a 120-hour pause to the operation.
How the pause will work out at the end of the 120 hours will also affect sanctions that were ready to be imposed as per the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) due to Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, which led to the country’s removal from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program in July 2019.
Turkey won’t be readmitted to the F-35 stealth fighter program as the Russian S-400 air defence system, incompatible with U.S.-made weapons systems, remains in the country, Lord said. Turkey will continue to manufacture the parts it was responsible for until the end of March 2020, the undersecretary added.