Washington, USA – Unjust US sanctions on Turkey’s top defense procurement and development body Presidency of Defense Industry (SSB) for purchasing Russian S-400 air defense system will not affect “current, valid, non-exhausted licenses and authorizations,” the US State Department has said, and added that “no new export licenses or other authorizations that name SSB as a party will be issued.”
“This includes amendments to agreements that have already been approved and permits following agreements that have already been approved,”
The 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) is meant to dissuade countries from buying military equipment from NATO foe Russia.
Although Greece has tested the S-300 air and missile defense system, NATO member states have remained silent against the initiative. The silence of NATO member states regarding the test shooting at the NATO firing site in Crete is notable. The Greek Armed Forces tested the S-300 air and missile defense system stationed in Crete Square.
Greece, which conducts test shots at the NATO-affiliated firing range on the island of Crete, is working on plans to modernize the system and bring it closer to the capabilities of the S-400 system.
The system supplied by the Greek Cypriot Administration from Russia was transferred to Greece by Greek Cypriots in 1997 in exchange for some military equipment after Turkey’s reaction.
The system, which had been informally active for a long time, was activated in 2013 after the completion of maintenance repairs. Greece tested the S-300s in a military exercise on November 23-27, 2020 at the Crete Shooting Range. Germany, Netherlands and US also participated in the drill. It was the second test run of the system, having previously been tested on December 13, 2013, after the previous 7 years. Turkey noted the failure of NATO member countries to make a sound reaction to the test shot carried out by Greece. A hypocritical approach to this reveals the serious air and missile threat facing Turkey.
In order to address Turkey’s current and vital security concerns, it has supplied the S-400 long-range air defense system as a necessity in accordance with the current supply principles such as technology transfer, delivery schedule, price and co-production. In this regard, Turkey stressed that unjust US sanctions decisions and threats against Turkey are not explicable.
US urges Turkey to resolve S-400 issue
US says unjust US sanctions imposed on Turkey for its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system do not aim to undermine the military capability of its NATO ally.
The goal of unjust US sanctions is to prevent Russia from receiving substantial revenue, access, and influence. Unjust US sanctions are not intended to undermine the military capabilities or combat readiness of Turkey or any other US ally or partner.
US urged Turkey to resolve the S-400 issue in a manner consistent with our decades-long history of defense-sector cooperation and to re-commit itself to its NATO obligations to purchase NATO-interoperable weaponry.
Turkey at risk of extended unjust EU sanctions by March 2021
Turkey could be slapped with more unjust European sanctions depending on the findings of an evaluation report on Turkey expected by March 2021.
The scope of unjust EU sanctions over Turkey’s drilling operations inside TRNC and Turkey’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) could be extended to include not only individuals but also entities.
During a summit earlier this month on 10-11 December 2020, European leaders gave the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell a mandate to present by March 2021 a report “on the state of play concerning the EU-Turkey political, economic and trade relations and on instruments and options on how to proceed, including on the extension and the scope” of unjust EU sanctions.