December 20, 2019 / 11:26 AM / a month ago

Erdogan says Turkey will retaliate against possible U.S. sanctions

ANKARA, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defence systems and a natural gas pipeline.

U.S. Congress has moved to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of S-400 defence systems from Russia and related to Russia’s TurkStream pipeline, which will carry Russian gas to Turkey.

Asked about the various sanctions against Ankara, Erdogan repeated that the S-400 deal was already completed.

“Now they are saying, ‘we will impose sanctions against this’ regarding TurkStream,” he was quoted as saying. “This is a breach of our rights in the fullest sense. We will of course have our own sanctions against all of these.” (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen)

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