US President Donald Trump has called on Republican Senators to gather and discuss possible sanctions against Turkey, reported The Washington Post.
The meeting will take place in the State Dining room of the White House on July 23, which was confirmed by The Washington Post reporters who had seen a copy of invitation.
Trump Administration has reportedly sent out invitations to all of the Republican senators “on behalf of President Trump.” The topic of the invite is “Turkey sanctions.”
President Trump is considering imposing new sanctions against Turkey over its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system. As of today, the sanctions have not been ruled out.
Although President Trump tried to defend Turkey and said that it was forced into buying Russian defense system as former US President Obama would not let Turkey purchase the American Patriot system, many Republicans argued that Turkey should face a “more forceful” response.
US Senators Rick Scott and Todd Young have reportedly issued a resolution condemning the Turkey-Russia deal, calling for sanctions to be imposed under CAATSA, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, and outlining that NATO members should discuss “the future role of Turkey in NATO.”
Sen. Scott stated that the deal “threatens our national security and the stability.”
“We cannot allow Russia — which tries to interfere in elections across the globe, supports [Nicolás] Maduro’s genocide in Venezuela, and threatens the peace and security of democratic nations — to interfere in Turkey. It is our responsibility to protect the safety of American families and our allies, and we must call upon members of NATO to determine if Turkey presents a danger to the alliance.”
Earlier this week the US removed Turkey from its F-35 program. However, it was noted that Turkey may rejoin the program if it reverses the decision to purchase Russian missile system. All Turkish F-35 personnel have been informed they must leave the U.S. by July 31. Last month the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that he would turn to international arbitration to get a refund, if Turkey gets thrown out of the F-35 program, as it has paid paid $1.25 billion for the American fighter jets.
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