Last week, US Congress approved new sanctions against Turkey over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems. At the same time, the European Union signaled agreement on a roadmap to comprehensive restrictions against Ankara over Turkey’s unauthorized gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean in waters claimed by Greece and Cyprus.
Turkey is “saddened” by the intensification of sanctions rhetoric by the US and Europe, but the pressure will not stop Ankara from pursuing policies which serve its interests, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced.
“We are waiting not for sanctions, but for the EU to fulfill its promises, and for US support in our fight against terrorist organizations in the region,” he added.
Sanctions Double Whammy
Erdogan’s comments follow moves by the EU and the US to slap sanctions on Turkey, with Brussels agreeing on the expansion of existing personal sanctions over Ankara’s unauthorized drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, while US lawmakers packed Turkey and S-400-related restrictions into the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA).
The NDAA, which was passed by the Senate on Friday, has yet to be signed into law by President Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly threatened to veto the bill over it lack of action on throttling Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of internet legislation providing protections for internet publishers from…