Head of US Senate foreign affairs committee warns Turkey against new S-400 purchase

Bob Menendez Mitsotakis

The head of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has restated warnings that Turkey will face sanctions if it progresses with its intended purchase of the second batch of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.

“We were crystal clear when we wrote the CAATSA law: Sanctions are mandated for any entity that does significant business with the Russian military or intelligence sectors. Any new purchases by Turkey must mean new sanctions,” Senator Bob Menendez, who heads the committee, wrote on its official account on Twitter, referring to 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.

The post comes after a US State Department spokesperson expressed similar warnings to Greece’s state broadcaster ERT hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision.