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House Foreign Affairs Urges Sanctions for Turkey S-400 Purchase

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Members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee are pressuring President Donald Trump to sanction Turkey for the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.

''President Trump, you must sanction Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 air defense system, as required by U.S. law. Turkey’s interests are best served by partnership with the U.S., not the Kremlin'', the committee said through its Twitter account, Bloomberg reports. 

The pressure is being applied as Russia and Turkey said they will deepen defense cooperation and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The Trump administration said last month that it wouldn’t allow Turkey to buy and help build the F-35 stealth warplane in retaliation for the country’s decision to defy the U.S. and purchase the S-400, which officials warned could compromise U.S. intelligence and allow Russia to gain information about the F-35’s technology.

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