The US announced sanctions earlier this month to penalize Turkey over its procurement of Russia’s S-400 system under a US law known as CAATSA
The bill will now be returned to Congress and will need to be approved by an enhanced majority in order to overcome the presidential veto
Bipartisan statement from House foreign affairs committee expresses concerns over relationship
"We will disappoint those who attack us now, as we did in the past"
Erdogan: "We are saddened by the strengthening of sanctions rhetoric, but the pressure will not stop Ankara from pursuing a policy that serves its interests"
Now we will have to see official US response
"Sanctions for their initial purchase need to be implemented"
The action will indicate the official Full Operational Capability (FOC) status of the system as Turkey is gearing up for military confrontation
The system has unofficially achieved FOC (Full Operational Capability) but for diplomatic reasons the official announcement has been postponed
Turkey’s deepening economic woes are widely seen as one -but not the only- reason behind the delay the activation of the S-400s