Turkey says U.S. sanctions have ‘shaken’ values of alliance

NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday U.S. sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian defences had shaken all values in their alliance and he called for renewed cooperation between the NATO allies.

On Monday, Washington imposed the sanctions targeting Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industry (SSB), its chairman and three other employees.

“This sanctions decision has shaken all values in our countries’ alliance,” Akar said. “Returning to cooperation and solidarity with the United States … will provide an important contribution to regional and global peace and security.”

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer)

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