US sanctions on Turkey shake all values of alliance: Defense minister
The US decision to impose sanctions on Turkey has deeply shaken alliance values between the two countries, said the country’s defense minister on Tuesday, denouncing the move.
“We condemn this decision, which does not comply with alliance, current military, or political realities,” Hulusi Akar said.
"THIS DECISION HAS SHAKEN ALL VALUES OF ALLIANCE"
The US on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.
“This sanction decision has shaken all values of alliance between our countries,” Akar stressed.
"SANCTIONS WILL UNDERMINE TRUST AMONG ALLIES"
Highlighting the air and missile threats that Turkey faces, he said the country is taking all measures to protect itself and its people.
“Obviously, sanctions on a NATO member country will not only undermine the spirit of alliance, but will deeply undermine trust among allies,” he said.