Posts Tagged ‘Russian’

 

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Turkey’s upcoming purchase of S-400 air defense missiles systems from Russia could trigger US secondary sanctions against Ankara, a new report on Washington’s relations with Ankara from the Turkish Heritage Organization said.

“There are concerns that it [deal] could trigger US sanctions in 2018 under the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA) which was signed into law in August 2017,” the report said on Monday.

In December, Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement on the supply of Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems to Turkey.

Plans by Moscow and Ankara to push ahead with the proposed Turkish Stream pipeline will increase Turkey’s dependence on Russia for its energy and will also run the risk of provoking US retaliatory sanctions, the report added.

“In 2017, over 50 percent of Turkey’s natural gas imports came from Russia… Despite Turkey’s desire to wean itself off Russian energy, progress on the Turk-Stream national pipeline will do the opposite in 2018 and could even trigger US sanctions, the report said.

Continued US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) operating east of the Euphrates River in Syria with US support indicates that Washington and Ankara will experience continued tensions on the issue this year, the report added.

Advertisements

 

The simultaneous appearance of Russian and Chinese warships near the disputed islands in the East China Sea is a mere coincidence, military expert Vasily Kashin told Sputnik.

In an interview with Sputnik, military expert Vasily Kashin said that the fact that Chinese and Russian warships were simultaneously sailing into the contested waters of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea is purely coincidental.The interview came a day after the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a Chinese naval vessel had allegedly “entered our nation’s contiguous waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands.”

Russian naval ships were also seen in the area at around the same time, according to Japanese media.

The Chinese Defense Ministry, for its part, said that “a Chinese naval ship sailing through waters our country has jurisdiction over is reasonable and legal.”

One of the small islands in the East China Sea known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese is seen from a Chinese marine surveillance plane

Vasily Kashin, in turn, denied the Western media’s allegations about three Russian warships being spotted near the disputed islands, saying that the Russian task force included the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Vinogradov, the tanker Irkut and the tug Fotiy Krylov, which was returning home from drills.

“The Russian ships did not violate the territorial waters around the disputed islands, and could hardly have any impact on the military-political situation in the area. The simultaneous appearance of Russian and Chinese ships there is most likely a coincidence,” he said.

In this context, Kashin specifically pointed to the fact that relations between Russia and Japan have recently improved, and that a high-level meeting had recently taken place where the countries discussed economic matters. There has even been some progress in addressing the issue of concluding a bilateral peace treaty, according to Kashin.

“In any case, the latest incident is another reason to think about the need to create more effective mechanisms for notification and communication between the militaries of Russia, China and Japan,” Kashin said.

The uninhabited Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyu in China, are subject to long-standing regional territorial disputes between China, Japan and Taiwan. Japan considers the islands part of Okinawa Prefecture.In 2014, Japan and China agreed to reduce tensions over the disputed area, but Chinese vessels have repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands last year, according to local media.