“The signing of a deal is just around the corner”
The US draft budget also foresees imposing sanctions on some shipping companies involved in laying pipelines being built by Russia & Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made no signs that he is willing to compromise
Among the proposed sanctions packages are penalties on Turkish officials and the nation’s banking and energy sectors, as well as prohibitions on US purchases of Turkish sovereign debt
And so it begins...
And they would do the same with the F-35 if they had been delivered...
"I will work with my colleagues to ensure there is zero chance that F-35s will leave the US for Turkey while Erdogan possesses the S-400"
Trump has not yet decided whether to impose congressional sanctions on Turkey for the S-400 purchase
Erdogan tried to persuade Trump to continue the process of buying the F-35s, but also to stop the prosecution against the Turkish state-owned Halkbank executive
Letter set out US conditions for resolving crisis over Russian-made missiles ahead of White House meeting, but Turkish president was not convinced, sources say