Turkey Cannot be Sanctioned for S-400 Purchase Since Deal Predates CAATSA Law

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included economic measures against Ankara for the acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Sputnik reports.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu has stated that US sanctions will have no impact on the country, adding that Ankara is considering reciprocal measures against Washington.

He stressed that Turkey won’t ditch the S-400 deal, noting the purchase predates the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) bill, so Turkey can’t be targeted for it. According to the minister, Washington’s decisions on the issue are wrong both legally and politically, as they are trying to undermine his country’s sovereign rights.