December 20, 2019 / 11:52 AM / a month ago

Erdogan says Turkey will retaliate against possible U.S. sanctions

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts during a Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 19, 2019. Malaysia Department of Information/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems and a natural gas pipeline.

U.S. Congress has moved to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia and related to Russia’s TurkStream pipeline, which will carry Russian gas to Turkey.

Asked about the various sanctions against Ankara, Erdogan repeated that the S-400 deal was already completed.

“Now they are saying, ‘we will impose sanctions against this’ regarding TurkStream,” he was quoted as saying. “This is a breach of our rights in the fullest sense. We will of course have our own sanctions against all of these.”

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen

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