Speaking to ERT correspondent in Washington Lena Argyri, the Democratic senator made it clear that he was not worried about the Turkish threats, as “any possible response from Turkey would have the opposite effect and would ultimately hurt it.”
THE Turkey had described Washington’s decision as a “serious mistake”, stressing that it intended to respond.
Commenting on the fact that the sanctions were imposed 17 full months after the receipt of the Russian systems, the senator said:
“I am pleased that, albeit belatedly, the US government realized what Democrats and Republicans had long ago realized: that Turkey should have been punished on the very day it received the S 400, which should not have been so difficult. , not so time consuming “.
Continuing, he noted that Turkey not only did he receive the Russian system but he ignored all American warnings and proceeded to activate it, testing it against the American manufacture of F-16s. The US senator described the move as “a significant threat to US national security and the security of the wider region.”
According to ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ, when asked if the defense budget of 2021, which provided sanctions against Turkey, played a role in the government’s decision, Mr. Menendez replied “the amendment I put in the budget, which provides for sanctions in Turkey for a year, was definitely a driving force. However, Turkey’s own behavior has played a role, not only in relation to Russian systems, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and most recently in Nagorno-Karabakh. “All this made even President Trump, who would rather maintain his relationship with Erdogan, see that imposing sanctions was the only way.”
The leader of the Democratic minority in Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Senate He said the specific sanctions were more symbolic than practical. Nevertheless, he acknowledged their importance, especially in terms of banning all US export licenses, which he said would have significant consequences for Turkey.
Regarding the reaction and threats of Turkey, Mr. Menendez stressed that Ankara should not be surprised, as “we had repeatedly warned the authorities of the consequences and offered them solutions which they refused to take advantage of … Therefore, I am not at all concerned about Turkey’s threats, whatever response they choose he will turn against them. “