Biden's candidate for foreign affairs: Turkey is an "alleged strategic partner," and we do not rule out the imposition of sanctions

Anthony Blinken, US President-elect Joe Biden's candidate for the post of Foreign Minister, described Turkey as a US ally in NATO, as an "alleged strategic partner" and indicated the possibility of further sanctions being imposed on it to purchase Russian-made air defense systems, and the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey On December 14, because of Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, which further complicated the already strained relations between the two countries.

"The idea that our so-called strategic partner is in agreement with one of our major strategic competitors in Russia is unacceptable," Blinken said during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee session to discuss his candidacy. "I think we need to look to see the impact of the current sanctions and then determine whether There were other measures to be taken. "

The sanctions announced in December target the Presidency of Turkey's Defense Industries, its chairman, Ismail Demir, and three other employees.


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