Turkey will retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400s, says FM Dec 12, 2019 0 952 12345 DPAIstanbulTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Wednesday that Ankara will retaliate against possible US sanctions over its purchase of Russian missile defence systems.Cavusoglu suggested that Ankara denying US access to two military bases in Turkey would be among the options.“Incirlik will come, Kurecik will too come [onto the agenda], everything else will come,” he said, referring to the air force base in the south and the military radar base in eastern Turkey.“We will consider all alternatives,” the Turkish minister added.Washington is opposed to NATO ally Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, arguing it will compromise the F-35 stealth fighter jet. Turkey has been suspended from the F-35 joint manufacturing programme.“If America has a positive approach towards us, we too will have a positive approach. If America has a negative approach towards us, we will definitely reciprocate,” Cavusoglu told in an interview with broadcaster A Haber.Turkey tested the S-400 last month with US-made F-16 jets in Ankara, local media reported. US lawmakers have been urging President Donald Trump to sanction Ankara under a US law known as Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).CAATSA requires that states which buy certain military hardware from Russia must be sanctioned.Trump has so far refrained from imposing the sanctions on Turkey.“The [US] Congress members need to understand that they will get nowhere with impositions [on Turkey],” Cavusoglu added. RELATED ARTICLES US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions Dec 12, 2019 0 150 Israeli parliament moves for third election as talks falter Dec 12, 2019 0 159 MANNEQUINS IN BAGHDAD DURING IRAQ PROTESTS Dec 12, 2019 0 153 Five people killed in militants attack on Somali hotel Mogadishu: Five people including three civilians were killed when jihadist militants stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital, police said on Wednesday, adding that all five attackers had also died after an hours-long .. 3 soldiers, 14 attackers dead in western Niger army camp assault Niamey: Three soldiers and 14 attackers died in an assault earlier this week on an army camp in western Niger near the border with Mali, the defence minister said. Heavily armed “terrorists” in a dozen 4x4 vehicles led the .. Multiple foreign armed groups involved in Libya conflict: United Nations United NATIONS: Multiple armed groups from Sudan and Chad were involved in the conflict in Libya this year, according to a UN report published on Tuesday, which did not mention the presence of Russian fighters recently .. Turkey court keeps US consulate worker in jail, next hearing in March Istanbul: A Turkish employee of the US consulate must remain in prison, more than two years after he was imprisoned over alleged ties to the failed 2016 coup, an Istanbul court ruled on Wednesday. Metin Topuz has been .. Syrian government forces retake control of key road from Kurds: State Media Beirut: Syrian government forces on Wednesday reopened a major highway in northern Syria once controlled by the country’s minority Kurds, Syrian state media and a monitor reported. In October, the Syrian Kurdish .. France, UN host international meeting on aid for Lebanon AFP Paris The UN-created International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon meets in Paris on Wednesday, stressing the need for a stable government that listens to public opinion expressed in an ongoing popular uprising, ..