On Thursday, the United States President Donald Trump said that he wasn’t considering economic sanctions on Turkey “right now” after it has purchased major weapons from Russia.
President Trump was quoted saying, “We’re not looking at that right now.”
The US President seemed to clarify his statement later said, “We’re looking at it. Very, very difficult situation for a lot of reasons.”
“We’ll see what we do. We haven’t announced that yet,” added President Trump.
On Wednesday, the United States said that it was knocking Turkey from its signature F-35 stealth fighter jet event after it defied warnings and started delivering of S-400 missile defense system.
Under a law approved by Congress in 2017, the United States is further required to impose sanctions over individuals intricate in “significant” arms deal with Russia.
President Trump said, “Things could have been done better in the previous administration. It was bad.”
Last month, Donald Trump met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and seems to be sympathetic to his case.
President Erdogan told the US President that he went before as former US President Barack Obama didn’t permit Turkey to buy the rival US Patriot system.
Meanwhile, Turkey in 2013 had decided to purchase a Chinese-made Air Defence System over Patriots, referred to its lowest cost. However, the deal was rejected later.
He further worries that the purchasing of S-400 missile will allow Russia to sharpen the ability of the system to shoot down Western jets due to the role of Turkey in the NATO alliance.