. . ISTANBUL (AP) - A U.S.-sanctioned Turkish defense official said Tuesday that despite the Trump administration's decision to definitively punish Turkey for buying a Russian air defense system, bilateral relations will not be compromised as senior officials continue to move condemned. Ismail Demir, the head of the Turkish procurement agency, stressed that Turkey and the US. S.. . are NATO allies who will continue to work together. He also argued that the sanctions could serve as a "warning" for Turkey's local defense industry to continue and accelerate its work. "This is an opportunity that should be evaluated on its own terms and I think we don't expect it to materially affect the relationship," Demir told journalists. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had spoken to his U.. S.. . Counterpart Mike Pompeo on Tuesday and passed on Turkey's "reactions" to the sanctions. Monday's sanctions are part of a U. . S.. . Law called CAATSA, which aims to reduce Russian influence. They are aimed at the Turkish Defense Industry Presidency, Demir, and three other senior officials. The penalties block any assets the four officers in U could have. S.. . Jurisdictions and block their entry into the U. . S.. . This also includes a ban on most export licenses, credits and credits to the agency. The move marks the first time CAATSA has been used to punish a U.. S.. . Allies. The Turkish Defense Minister condemned the sanctions, saying the decision "shook all the values of our alliance. "It is clear that sanctioning a NATO member will not only damage the spirit of the alliance but will also shake the confidence of the allies profoundly," said Hulusi Akar, adding that Turkey has serious security concerns and is taking all steps going to protect their alliance citizens. Ankara. . .