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Republican-Led Senate Panel Advances Turkey Sanctions Bill

  • Chairman Risch pushes to punish Turkey for buying Russian arms
  • Committee vote on Russia sanctions put off to a later date
Turkish soldiers and Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather on the northern outskirts of Manbij, Syria near the Turkish border on Oct. 14.

Turkish soldiers and Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather on the northern outskirts of Manbij, Syria near the Turkish border on Oct. 14.

Photographer: Zein al Rifai/AFP via Getty Images

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to advance sanctions against Turkey, a NATO ally, for that country’s military offensive in northern Syria and for its purchase of a Russian-made missile system.

The bill, S. 2641, passed the committee 18 to 4, which means it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to decide whether to bring it to a vote in the full Senate. McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, previously warned Congress to “think extremely carefully” before using sanctions, a tool that could push a NATO ally “into the arms of the Russians.”