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Pompeo Urges Turkey Not to Make Russian S-400 ‘Operational’

  • U.S. focus appears to be shifting from Turkey not taking S-400
  • Pompeo says there could be more sanctions without breakthrough
Russian S-400 defense system
Russian S-400 defense system

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged Turkey not to make the S-400 missile defense system it purchased from Russia “operational” as President Donald Trump holds off on implementing new sanctions required by law.

“There could be more sanctions to follow but frankly what we’d really like is for the S-400 not to become operational,” Pompeo said Thursday in an interview on Bloomberg Television.