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How could Turkey respond if US imposed sanctions over Russia’s S-400 delivery?

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With the arrival at the Murted Airbase outside Ankara of Russian planes, over the past six days, carrying the S-400 missile defence system, the expected fall out between the United States and Turkey still threatens to bring relations between the two countries to an all-time diplomatic low. Turkey must wait and see whether punitive sanctions will be imposed for ignoring Washington’s demand not to deploy the Russian defence system.

Turkey’s relationship with the US took a turn for the worse in President Barak Obama’s second term in the White House. In 2013, the Erdogan and Obama administrations differed sharply over the removal of Egypt’s first elected President Mohammad Morsi in a coup d’état. Worse still, Obama’s administration support of Syria’s YPG, viewed by Turkey as an offshoot of the PKK terrorist organisation, posed in Turkey’s view a direct threat to its territorial integrity. For its part, the Trump administration continued to arm the YPG in Syria in its war against the Islamic State group.

Ankara’s S-400 air and missile defence system’s purchase from Russia has been of grave concern to the US Congress who have already warned Ankara of punitive sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, CAATSA. Ankara describes defending its country as a “sovereign right” and refers to the purchase of the S-400 as a “matter of necessity.” It follows the decision by the Obama........

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