The top majority and minority leaders of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee have strongly condemned Turkey's testing Friday of its Russian-built S-400 air defense system.
Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said that the test firing “is unacceptable behavior from a (NATO) ally that put Turkey "beyond the pale" and called for sanctions:
— U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (@SenateForeign) October 16, 2020
The Committee's minority leader Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) also condemned Turkey's action, saying that it is not deterred by the Trump Administration's "meek pleas." He called for "immediate" sanctions:
The CAATSA mandate is clear and the Trump Admin must follow the law. Turkey must be sanctioned immediately for its purchase and use of this system.
Read my full statement: https://t.co/VutMt3Fzgt
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) October 16, 2020