US senators want Turkey to be sanctioned by Russia's missile system - letter

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) - The US Republican Senator UU. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen on Monday called on the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Turkey for the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, saying that terrible signal to other countries. The time of patience has expired a long time ago. It's time they applied the law, Van Hollen and Graham said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seen by Reuters. Not doing so is sending a terrible signal to other countries that they can ignore US laws without consequences, they said. Ankara and Washington have disagreed over the purchase by Turkey's NATO ally of the Russian S-400 system, which Washington says is not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to its F-stealth fighter jets 35, which Lockheed Martin Corp is developing. Enraging many members of Congress, Turkey ignored the threat of US sanctions and began receiving its first S-400 deliveries in July. In response, Washington withdrew Turkey from the F-35 program. The administration of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has been delayed in the imposition of sanctions even though Trump signed a radical sanctions law, known as CAATSA, in 2017 that obliges them to countries that do business with the army From Russia. The anger of US lawmakers towards Turkey intensified after Ankara crossed into Syria for an offensive against Kurdish militias that had helped US forces fight militants of the Islamic State. Normally, an ardent defender of Republican Trump, Graham and some others in his party have been very critical of the president's decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria, paving the way for the Turkish movement against Kurdish fighters. Van Hollen and Graham have been among the most vocal senators asking that Washington reject Turkey. Trump received his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan at the White House for a meeting last month that Trump described as wonderful. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter. Pompeo said on November 26 that Turkey conducting tests on the Russian defense system was worrisome, and that the talks to solve the problem were still ongoing. On the same day, the head of Russia's state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, was quoted as saying that Moscow hoped to seal an agreement to supply Turkey with more S-400 missile systems in the first half of 2020. (Report by Patricia Zengerle Edited by Bill Berkrot) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)