Turkey thumbs nose at U.S. sanctions

When I say that Turkey is openly defying U.S. sanctions, I don't mean it in one particular way.
I mean that Turkey is defying U.S. sanctions in four different ways.
It appears that Turkey is intentionally antagonizing Washington. As if they are daring Washington to do something about it.

#1 Russian weapons
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The Trump administration has made it “very clear” that Turkey will face consequences if it goes through with the purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system that is expected to be delivered to Ankara within days, a top State Department official said Wednesday.

#2 Russian gas
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Opponents of Nord Stream 2 claim that it will make Europe more dependent on Russian gas, but while the same argument could be made against Turkish Stream, little has been said about the latter as most of the pipeline runs through Turkey, which is not an European Union (EU) member and so the EU has no leverage over Ankara’s decision to go ahead with the pipeline.

#3 Iranian goods
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Iran exported $2.235 billion of non-oil products to Turkey in spring of this year, rising 430 percent from $421 million in spring of the previous year.

And it is while the Islamic Republic has imported just $1.26 billion of non-oil commodities from its neighbor, Turkey, in the mentioned time span.

#4 Venezuela oil
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With sanctions blocking Venezuela from selling oil to the United States, state-owned energy firm Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has turned to several little-known buyers, mostly companies from China and India, says the Reuters news agency.

Among the purchasers is a small company based in Turkey with no refineries but ties to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to internal documents and a PDVSA source.

Normally Turkey wouldn't have much leverage on Washington.
But if Washington wants war with Iran, and regime change in Syria, then Washington is going to have to deal with Turkey.
Otherwise things will go sideways very quickly. Even the status quo is untenable for our Syrian Kurd allies if Turkey decides otherwise.

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snoopydawg's picture

Ankara? If so then how far can we push Turkey before they decide to kick us out? Or is that not an option? How many countries have bought the Russian system instead of ours? 5? Then there's Boeing who is losing billions because people aren't buying their planes that can't fly for many more months. Hope it was worth it for Boeing to outsource its engineers so they could save money by only paying them $9 hour. lol..

Just how far can Trump push the allies before they tell him to farce off? Sanctions here and tariffs there is very costly for our allies. Didn't you post on how sanctions have cost Russia $50 billion, but the EU $240 billion? The Huawei edict from Trump where no company could deal with China costs them buko bucks.

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jwa13's picture

"Don't we have a really big base in Turkey?"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incirlik_Air_Base

... from the Wikipedia article --

"Tactical nuclear weapons are stored at the base."

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@jwa13

Incirlik Air Base is the home of the 10th Air Wing (Ana Jet Üs or AJÜ) of the 2nd Air Force Command (Hava Kuvvet Komutanlığı) of the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri). Other wings of this command are located in Merzifon (LTAP), Malatya/Erhaç (LTAT) and Diyarbakır (LTCC).

Wonder how much of a say we have in whether it stays there? Or I should say, wonder how much of a say Turkey does?

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@snoopydawg @snoopydawg

Or I should say, wonder how much of a say Turkey does?

Turkey will have a LOT more say....

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Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

Pricknick's picture

For our country to demand the (hashtags) patriot missile system as a replacement for the S-400 is a joke to be written.
While most of the world is looking for defense against america, america is looking for offensive.
Can it become more offensive? Like, not wanted?

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@Pricknick

for where the missiles go. Or something.. aren't they on trucks? Anyway we offered them a billion to offset their cost if they would buy ours. Now that's desperate.

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@snoopydawg
no longer builds to achieve peace.
We are, beyond a doubt, a warmongering nation. We will take it all or everyone will have nothing.
Mad max would be an overachievement. Nobody survives this.
Tell your children and grandchildren, if you have them, not to have children.
They're just cannon carbon.

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