‘Not acting as an ally should’: Biden’s secretary of state nominee mulls new sanctions against Turkey over Russia’s S-400 deal

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FILE PHOTO: Russian S-400 air defense system. ©  Reuters / Vitaly Nevar
New US President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has lashed out at Ankara over its purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system, saying Washington could consider additional sanctions against Turkey.

“The idea that a strategic – so-called strategic – partner of ours would actually be in line with one of our biggest strategic competitors in Russia is not acceptable,” Blinken told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing.

The man chosen by Biden as America’s next top diplomat said Washington would need to “take a look to see the impact that the existing sanctions have had” on Turkey to determine if any additional measures needed to be taken.

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