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Kinzinger, Spanberger, McCaul Introduce Sanctions on Turkey for Arms Deal with Russia

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Washington, July 17, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced legislation that would impose sanctions on the Government of Turkey for their acquisition of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced legislation that would impose sanctions on the Government of Turkey for their acquisition of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation. The bipartisan bill, the Countering Russia’s Export of Arms Act, would designate this acquisition by Turkey as a significant transaction pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

“The NATO alliance is critically important to the United States and our allies, but in order to keep it a strong partnership, our NATO members must uphold the principals, duties, and obligations of our alliance,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “Turkey has continued to make questionable decisions that do not reflect leadership of a NATO nation. And one year ago this week, Turkey ignored warnings from NATO members about this arms deal with Russia and accepted their first installment of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system. We need to make it very clear that their actions will not be tolerated and will be met with serious consequences. Our legislation does that and makes the actions by Turkey an explicitly sanctionable offense.”

“Turkey’s recent actions are incompatible with our nation’s security and the interests of our NATO allies. At a time when the Kremlin is ordering its defense and intelligence agencies to engage in destabilizing and aggressive behaviors against democracies around the world, we need to be able to hold Turkey accountable for cooperation with Russia that runs counter to the shared security interests of both the United States and NATO,” said Congresswoman Spanberger. “I am proud to stand alongside my colleague Congressman Kinzinger in introducing legislation that sends a strong, unified message to Turkey and Russia. Together, Congressman Kinzinger and I share a commitment to our national security, our servicemembers abroad, and the safety of our communities, and I look forward to moving this timely legislation forward.”

“A NATO ally purchasing a Russian air defense system is a threat to the United States and to the NATO alliance. The Administration must impose the sanctions required by law in response to Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400, unless and until Turkey takes the steps outlined in this bill to repair the damage this purchase has caused. I sincerely hope that Turkey chooses the U.S. and our NATO allies over Russia,” said Ranking Member McCaul.

The full text of H.R. 7639 can be found attached, and on the Congressman’s website here.

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