The risk of US sanctions against Turkey due to the acquisition from Russia of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems is increasing. Clark Cooper, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, stated this during a briefing.

“As for the CAATSA sanctions, the risk of their application has never disappeared. What we see by now, for the period between last and this year, is an increasing risk..

Thus, he commented on the prospects for the US to use measures against Turkey for the purchase of the S-400.

Cooper stressed that the sanctions risk that Turkey is exposing itself is quite real.

“With regard to sanctions, a year ago the intention was to withdraw Turkey from the threat of sanctions against it. This brings us back to today. The mentioned risk is very real. Sanctions are one of the real options for action. I would repeat that it has not disappeared, ”he added.