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White House Sets Up Potential Sanctions Meeting Against Turkey July 21, 2019

The White House has invited all Republican senators to a meeting next week to discuss potential sanctions on Turkey after President Trump said the United States will cancel the purchase of F-35 fighter jets according to Washington Post Daily.

The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m, will be held in the State Dining Room of the White House and is limited to the senators only.

Trump announced the cancellation of the purchase Tuesday, saying it was “not a fair situation” and arguing that Turkey was forced into the purchase of the Russian S-400 system because the Obama administration would not sell the U.S.-made Patriot system to the country.

But some Republican senators are advocating for a more forceful response to the purchase by Turkey — a member of NATO — of the Russian defence system. The president and other administration officials indicated this week that it had not ruled out sanctions.

A 2017 law, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, (CAATSA) calls for the United States to punish any entity that has “significant” dealings with the Russian defence industry.

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