Democratic and Republican U.S. legislators urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to impose bans on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system, saying he ought to follow legislation ordering fines for doing business with the Russian army.
Republican Senators Rick Scott and Todd Young released a resolution calling for bans after Ankara began accepting shipment of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week, indicating the White House to announce it was eradicating Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet mission.
Separately, Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said eradicating Turkey from the jet mission was not enough. “The legislation clearly orders bans penalties for ‘vital transactions’ with the Russian Federation’s defense and intelligence industry, which would embrace the shipment of an S-400 system,” he said in an emailed assertion.
However, the US administration has stopped short of imposing bans on Turkey, regardless of the complete 2017 sanctions legislation, known as CAATSA. Trump has not been clear on whether or not his administration is considering doing so.
If authorized, the resolution from Scott and Young would demand “full implementation of sanctions under CAATSA,” calling Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system as a “direct and dire threat” to U.S. security pursuits.
CAATSA orders that the president chooses five among a range of 12 sanctions, from banning visas and denying access to the U.S.- stationed Export-Import Bank to harsher choices similar to barring transactions with the U.S. banks and denying export licenses.
Nonetheless, CAATSA doesn’t set any due date for imposing sanctions or issuing a waiver so that Trump could delay continually.