US to impose CAATSA sanctions on Turkey over purchase of Russian missiles

Turkey-USA Breakup.jpgUS Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell has informed a Foreign Relations Subcommittee that sanctions, pursuant to section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), will be imposed on Turkey for its purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia.

Section 231 of CAATSA authorises the US President to impose a number of sanctions on those determined to have engaged in a “significant transaction” with the “defense or intelligence sectors of the [Russian Government]”. In late October 2017, the US issued guidance under section 231(d) of CAATSA, naming 39 Russian entities that fit into that category of being part of, or operating for or on behalf of, the defence and intelligence sectors of the Russian Government. The guidance itself did not impose sanctions on the specified entities (see previous blog).

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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