U.S. defence bill makes sanctions on Turkey mandatory within 30 days

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The final version of the U.S. annual defence policy bill requires that President Donald Trump approve sanctions on Turkey within 30 days for its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles. Trump has threatened to veto the bill for unrelated reasons.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a $750.5 billion version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorises spending and provides broad policy outlines for the Pentagon.

The language used in the new national defence budget would determine that Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 constitutes a “significant transaction” under Section 231 of the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a law which offers a range of sanctions against any country procuring a major defence item from Russia. The NDAA orders the imposition of five or more sanctions under CAATSA.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez hailed the inclusion of the language in the NDAA.

“Incredibly proud to have helped secure inclusion of a provision in the NDAA to do what President Trump refused to do: officially determine on behalf of the U.S. government that Turkey took delivery of Russian S-400 defence systems and therefore will be sanctioned under existing law,” Menendez said on Twitter.

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