U.S. to impose sanctions against Turkish officials and government agencies

U.S. to impose sanctions against Turkish officials and government agencies

Sanctions imposed for ties to Russian defense sector

The United States will impose sanctions against four federal officials in Turkey and one state agency linked to defense exports.

This was announced by the U.S. Federal Register.

The sanctions were imposed under the law “Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions” for ties with the defense sector of Russia.

The restrictions were imposed on Turkey’s SSB Defense Industry Board, which is tasked with supplying military products and technology.

In addition, the U.S. blacklisted four officials, including SSB head Ismail Demir.

The sanctions imply a ban on entering the United States, blocking of assets in their territory and a ban on financial transactions with the United States for individuals, as well as a ban on exports from the United States and loans worth more than $10 million for the SSB.

The restrictions will go into effect April 7.

The text of the notice does not mention the Russian S-400 air defense systems, for the purchase of which Washington had previously threatened Ankara with sanctions.

Deliveries of Russian S-400 SAMs to Ankara began in mid-June 2019, which led to a crisis between Turkey and the United States.

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