Turkey could face further sanctions over its purchase of the Russian made S-400 missile system (Image: GETTY IMAGES)
The United States has repeatedly warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to go ahead with a purchase of the S-400 surface-to-air missile platform amid concerns it could be used to target the new F-35 stealth fighter. But it emerged in September that Turkey had begun work on a launch site to accommodate the Russian-made weaponry. Turkey insists the missiles are not a threat to American jets, but US officials are “not optimistic” over Ankara’s assurances, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.
Citing a high-ranking Washington source, the agency reported the US could impose more sanctions in retaliation.
The source said: “I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue.”
They said that the deployment of the S-400s in areas where American F-35s are due to fly posed “a threat”, but offered no further details.
But the source added negotiations between Washington and Ankara over the issue are “continuing”.
The Russian-made S-400 can target multiple aerial targets within its 250 mile range (Image: GETTY IMAGES)
The S-400 reportedly poses a 'threat' to the US-made F-35 jets (Image: GETTY IMAGES)