US reiterates sanctions if Turkey proceeds with S-400 purchase

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper

Acting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has made clear to Turkey that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, The Associated Press reported.

Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday during a NATO meeting. Officials say there was no progress in the stand-off between the two allies.

The US has told Turkey that it will not be allowed to buy the F-35 fighter jet if it continues with plans to buy the Russian S-400 system.

A senior defense official traveling with Esper said that message was repeated during what was described as a frank and candid discussion. Turkey has said the S-400 purchase is a done deal.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

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