US Congress Calls for Sanctions Against Turkey Over Russian Missile System

U.S. lawmakers announced an agreement on Monday on a $738-billion bill setting out policy for the Department of Defense which also includes calls for sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system.

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee finally agreed on a compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, after months of negotiations.

It is expected to pass before Congress leaves Washington later this month for the year-end holiday break.

The NDAA prohibits the transfer of F-35 stealth fighter jets, which the Lockheed Martin Corporation is developing, to the nation of Turkey.

It also expresses the belief that Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, which Washington says is not compatible with NATO defenses and threatens the F-35, constitutes a significant transaction under U.S. sanctions law.

The bill states that President Trump should implement sanctions on Turkey over the S-400 purchase, something lawmakers have been demanding for some time now.

The NDAA also includes new measures for competing with Russia and China, family leave for federal workers and the creation of President Donald Trump’s long-desired Space Force.