Rajab Tayeb Erdogan (File photo)
The Defense Minister of Turkey has appealed to hold talks with the new US administration and review the decision on the ban on buying Russian arms.
- January 14, 2021, 7:31 PM IST
In December, the US banned four Turkish officials under Katsa law, aimed at reducing Russian influence. The ban also includes a ban on export licenses for Turkey’s defense industry. For the first time, the law has been used to punish NATO’s partner country. These sanctions have deepened the rift between the US and Turkey. There are already many disputes between the two countries on a wide range of issues including Turkish military action in Syria and elsewhere. Aker said that things should not be spoiled in this way. Let’s sit and talk together and solve the problem. However, US officials have ruled out talks with Turkey. He has also said that the sanctions cannot be lifted as long as the Russian air-defense system is present on Turkish soil.
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