The United States threatening to impose sanctions against allied countries who purchase S-400 systems

“The United States doesn’t rule out sanctions against a number of countries over the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems”, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

“We are against the potential purchase of the S-400 by our partners and allies around the world”, she spoked at news conference.

Nauert was asked whether the US would impose sanctions against other countries such as Turkey for buying the S-400, she said: “We have made it clear that it could lead to sanctions around the world”.

It also expressed concern that the S-400 shipments could accelerate to Turkey.

“If this is true … we will be concerned.

When a NATO ally like Turkey, using the S-400, this is contrary to our policy”.

According to a study issued by Russian new Agency “Sputnik”, the United States will continue to put pressure on Turkey from various quarters to force it to refuse to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, which could turn into a mutual trade war.

Earlier, US Assistant Secretary of State, Wes Mitchell, said that after the purchase of the S-400 system from the Russian Federation, Ankara could be subject to sanctions under the “KATSA” or the so-called law to confront America’s enemies.

Russia and Turkey signed an agreement in December 2017 on a loan to supply S-400 air defense systems.

According to a statement from the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat, Ankara will purchase two batteries from the air system, Turkey, and the two sides reached an agreement on technology cooperation in this area, to develop the production of missile defense systems in Turkey.

On another subject, the United States announced details of new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in March in the United Kingdom, the latest sign of deterioration of relations between the bitter enemies of the previous Cold War.

The new US State Department announced new restrictions on foreign aid and arms sales to Russia as well as the refusal to provide any US credit to Russia, including those provided through the Export-Import Bank.

The measures apply when they are published in the Federal Register on 27 August.

According to the State Department, the sanctions were imposed after the United States concluded that “the Russian Federation has used chemical weapons in violation of international law or the use of deadly chemical weapons against its citizens”.

There was no immediate response from the State Department when asked to comment on the report.

The move comes after the US State Department announced on August 8 that it would impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

The first round of sanctions was expected to begin on 22 August, with tougher additional restrictions, including restrictions on trade and diplomatic relations, likely to be implemented after about 90 days.

Russia’s ruble fell to a two-year low in the past few weeks, amid growing fears of new sanctions.

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