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US' new top diplomat targets Turkey with sanctions

  • Published at 02:02 pm January 20th, 2021
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File Photo: Protesters hold up placards against Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they gather in Trafalgar Square for a demonstration against US President Donald Trump and the NATO alliance in central London on December 3, 2019 AFP

Previously, Washington imposed sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition of S-400 missile defence systems from Moscow

US President-elect Joe Biden's choice for secretary of state on Tuesday accused Nato member Turkey of not acting like an ally and said Washington would review if further sanctions are required on Ankara over its acquisition of a Russian air defence system.

Last month, Washington imposed long-anticipated sanctions on Turkey's defence industry over its acquisition of S-400 missile defence systems from Moscow, in a move Turkey called a "grave mistake."

"The idea that a strategic - so-called strategic - partner of ours would actually be in line with one of our biggest strategic competitors in Russia is not acceptable," Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for chief US diplomat, told lawmakers.

"I think 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," Blinken said during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing.

Blinken's comments came a day before Biden takes over from the administration of President Donald Trump, with whom Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had a close relationship.

"Turkey is an ally, that in many ways... is not acting as an ally should and this is a very, very significant challenge for us and we're very clear-eyed about it," Blinken said.

The sanctions received bipartisan support from the US Congress and were announced under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) - the first time the act has been used against a fellow member of the Nato alliance.

The deep disagreement over the S-400 ground-to-air defences is the top challenge that the Biden administration will have with Turkey. The two Nato allies have also clashed on Syria policy, Ankara's oil exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean, and Turkey's involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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