President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile system, blaming his predecessor for not selling Ankara a US missile system, Reuters reported.
Sitting alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump was asked whether he would impose sanctions on Turkey over the purchase of the S-400 missile system.
“We are looking at it now, and we’re talking about it now,” he told journalists at a press conference in London where a NATO summit is being held.
“As you know Turkey wanted to buy our Patriot system and the [former US President Barack] Obama administration wouldn’t let them, and they only let them when they were ready to buy another system.”
Turkey and the US have been at odds for several years due to Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400s. Although US senators have reached a bipartisan agreement on sanctioning Turkey over the Russian missiles, President Trump has been stalling on imposing the sanctions.