1149 GMT October 18, 2019
“If the United States takes any negative actions toward us, we will also take reciprocal steps,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said when asked about possible US sanctions in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV, Reuters reported.
Ankara and Washington have sparred publicly for months over Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 missile systems, expected to be delivered as early as next month. Washington has said that would trigger US sanctions and sent a letter warning that Ankara would be pulled out of the F-35 jet program.
The Turkish lira weakened to as far as 5.93 against US dollar after the comment, to its weakest level in two weeks.
“We are determined on the S-400 issue. No matter what the results will be, we will not take a step back,” Cavusoglu said, adding it is impossible to cancel the order.
The S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s defense systems and Washington says they would compromise its F-35s, which Turkey also plans to buy. Turkey has proposed that the allies form a working group to assess the impact of the S-400s, but has yet to receive a response from the United States.