Mnuchin Considering U.S. Sanctions Over Turkey’s S-400 Purchase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday. (Reuters/Erin Scott)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering imposing sanctions related to Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system, but no decisions had been made.

“We’re looking at that, I’m not going to make any comments on any specific decisions, but we are looking at it,” Mnuchin told reporters outside the White House when asked if the Treasury was considering such sanctions. He did not specify any potential targets.

Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system, which the United States says is not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter jet.