December 16, 2020

IntelBrief: U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Turkey over Purchase of Russian Missile System

Military vehicles and equipment, parts of the S-400 air defense systems, are unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft, at Murted military airport in Ankara, Turkey (Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • The United States recently imposed sanctions on Turkey in response to Ankara’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system.
  • The EU is also expected to respond to Turkey with sanctions in view of its aggressive energy exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • The US and EU seek to rein in Erdogan’s growing ambitions, while also curtailing Ankara’s continued drift toward Moscow and Putin.
  • Erdogan dismissed the severity of the sanctions, although Turkey’s economy is struggling, compounded by the impact of COVID-19.