Turkey not afraid of U.S. sanctions, says vice-president

Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Friday that Turkey was not afraid of U.S. sanctions, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.   

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on Turkey’s defence industry in response to Ankara’s acquisition of a Russia missile system.

"Every country that excludes Turkey will have less room for action in the region," Anadolu cited Oktay as saying, during a speech at the 2021 budget debate in parliament.

The United States took the measures against fellow NATO member Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets countries engaging with Russia’s defence sector.

Four Turkish political parties on Tuesday signed a joint declaration condemning U.S. decision, saying sanctions defy “the spirit of the NATO alliance”.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) did not sign the declaration. Instead, the party issued a statement saying the debate around the S-400s was a militarist distraction, and the focus should be on the government’s “wrong policies’’.