Some details on Turkey concerns

The fact that arms sales to Turkey would be halted pending a Pentagon report on U.S.-Turkish relations was first revealed Friday.

But the bill’s text provided some new details on lawmakers’ concerns.

Specifically, House lawmakers are warning against Turkey’s potential purchase of a Russian weapons system.

“The potential purchase by the Government of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation has led to tension with the relationship,” the bill reads. “These actions could negatively impact common weapon system development between the United States and Turkey.”

Turkey on Sunday threatened to “absolutely retaliate” against the U.S. should Congress enact the ban.

“If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told CNN Türk on Sunday, according to Reuters.

“What needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.”

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