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Turkish-US political standoff likely to renew in 2019, risking US arms restrictions and another Turkish lira rout

20 March 2019
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On 15 March 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey would be making no "U-turns" in its purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, which he said would be received in July 2019.

  • The US is likely to follow through with an arms embargo, including an exclusion from the F-35 programme, if Turkey proceeds with its purchase of Russian S-400s. Erdoğan's statement came despite US Department of Defense spokesman Charles Summer saying on 8 March that Turkey would face "grave consequences", including the withholding of F-35 aircraft and Patriot Missile batteries, if it proceeds with the purchase.

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