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Lindsey Graham says US must sanction Turkey for testing Russian arms

WASHINGTON -- Two leading senators pressed Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to comply with existing law and impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile system.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen said in a letter dated Monday that Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 anti-aircraft weapons should trigger sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The two senators cited Turkish and Russian officials who said Turkey isn't only testing the systems but also has plans for further cooperation with Russia.

"The time for patience has long expired," Graham and Van Hollen wrote in the letter. "It is time you applied the law. Failure to do so is sending a terrible signal to other countries that they can flout U.S. laws without consequence."

The senators previously warned that Turkey's decision to use Russia's S-400 system could undermine the NATO ally's participation in buying and helping to build the U.S.-made F-35 fighter jet. The Pentagon has said it is in the process of removing Turkey from the F-35 program.

Graham and Van Hollen introduced a bill in October that would sanction Turkish leaders, financial institutions and energy sector in response to Turkey's invasion of northern Syria after President Donald Trump said he would withdraw U.S. troops from the region. Graham, who is otherwise a close Trump ally, has sharply criticized the president for not taking a tougher stance with countries like Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

 

-- Bloomberg News

'Personal beef' likely caused New Orleans shooting that left 10 hurt, including teen

A shooting rampage that sent crowds of people fleeing in panic Sunday on the edge of New Orleans' French Quarter was likely the result of some type of personal feud, the city's police chief said at a news conference Monday.

Authorities have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting, but Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said investigators have discarded terrorism as a possible motive and believe, instead, that it was a "personal beef" involving people from outside the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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