Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey

Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey 24 December, 2019

According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate.

In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together.

The case is laid out in a seven-page document obtained by The Daily Beast. The memo was sent by the State Department to Capitol Hill ahead of the Senate mark-up of a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) titled “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act.”

That legislation would bar the U.S. from selling Turkey F-16 or F-35 fighter jets, including parts until the country has entirely abandoned the S-400 missile defence system.

The “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA) mandated sanctions on countries that make significant new purchases of Russian weapons. But although Turkey’s deal with Russia fits the bill, the administration hasn’t imposed sanctions—enraging members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

In the seven-page description of the Trump administration’s views, it is argued that the legislation would “effectively terminate U.S.-Turkey defence trade,” which would increase Turkey’s reliance on Russia or “other adversary arms providers” for weapons. The bill would also “treat Turkey as a pariah in NATO, feeding a narrative that the Russian Federation would likely seek to amplify and exploit.”

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