Pompeo recalled that US President Donald Trump is currently refraining from introducing another portion of sanctions against Turkey. He hopes for “reciprocity and understanding” from Ankara. And if the Turks forget about the S-400, then they can avoid the consequences.
About this Pompeo told the information resource Bloomberg. At the same time, the media has already called this statement Washington’s last attempt to negotiate with Ankara.
Additional sanctions may follow, but to be honest, we would really like the S-400 not to be deployed
- said Pompeo.
Before this, Trump really made it clear that he did not want to introduce new sanctions against Turkey. However, the president is pressured from Congress, from which they urge the president to enact the Law on Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions (CAATSA) against Turkey.
I advocate that if they do not activate the C-400, sanctions should not be applied. I hope to convince Turkey not to deploy systems, because it is very destructive for relations
said Defense One, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
He clarified that at the request of Trump, he called the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and talked with him. But if Ankara does deploy the S-400, relations with Washington "will take a very difficult turn."