Turkey’s Russian S-400 purchase should have a high price – former US Defense Sec

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system despite frequent American warnings should have prices, Robert M. Gates, former US Secretary of Defence, said on Friday in an article penned for New York Times.

Gates called recently imposed sanctions ‘a superb begin’.  ‘’Ankara should even be held to account for its actions in Libya, the Eastern Mediterranean and Syria that contravene the pursuits of different NATO allies and complicate efforts to realize peace. Actions by member states opposite to the pursuits of different allies ought not be ignored’’, he added.

Gates said The United States should spur ‘’NATO, an ‘alliance of democracies,’ to plan penalties for member states — resembling Turkey, Hungary and, more and more, Poland — that transfer towards (or have absolutely embraced) authoritarianism. There isn’t any provision within the NATO Charter for eradicating a member state, however artistic diplomacy is feasible, together with suspension or different punitive steps.’’

US President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday imposed sanctions for Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system which the US considers is a potential threat to allied security of NATO.

The sanctions targeted Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries, the country’s military procurement agency, its chief Ismail Demir and three other senior officials.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said the sanctions would increase his government’s determination to make the Turkish defence industry stronger and more independent.