BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Republican Senator John Thune proposed the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense systems from Turkey, and for that he proposed an amendment to the National Defense Budget Allocation Bill 2021 (NDAA) published on the Congress website.
The parliamentary proposal does not indicate whether Ankara has the desire and right to resell the complexes without permission from Moscow.
In turn, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Reach, proposed an amendment that would impose sanctions on Turkey in accordance with the “CAATSA” law (the Act Against America’s Sanctions through Sanctions).
Deliveries of the latest Russian S-400 air defense systems, which caused an issue in relations between Turkey and the United States, began in mid-July 2019.
Washington demanded that the deal be abandoned, and in return, buy U.S. Patriot systems, along with Washington’s threat to delay or even cancel the sale of the latest F-35 fighters to Turkey, as well as restrictive measures.
Ankara refused to make concessions and negotiations continued on an additional batch of the S-400.
In fact, the United States has complied with only a portion of the threats related to the F-35 training, and no other sanctions have been applied, although it should be imposed under the “CAATSA” law.