Turkey THREATENS US as it calls Trump’s sanctions a ‘HOSTILE STANCE’

Turkey THREATENS US as it calls Trump’s sanctions a ‘HOSTILE STANCE’

Turkey THREATENS US as it calls Trump’s sanctions a ‘HOSTILE STANCE’

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration would sanction Turkey's minister of justice and minister of interior over the holding of 50-year-old Andrew Craig Brunson.

-Turkish relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government won't back down and was willing to "go its own way" if the US imposes sanctions.

"We've seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong, and we believe he is a victim of unfair and unjust detention by the government of Turkey", Sanders said.

Turkey blames Brunson for collaborating with American-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and the Kurdistan Workers' Party for trying to overthrow the government.

"As a result, any property or interest in property of both ministers within United States jurisdiction is blocked and USA persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them", she said.

Treasury accused the two of "implementing Turkey's serious human rights abuses".

As Trump threatened Turkey with sanctions on Twitter last week, Erdogan shrugged off the threat, saying the usa is in no position to force Ankara back down.

Over the course of 18 months, President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to use American economic might in ways his predecessors were too cautious - or too prudent - to risk.

Turkey and the United States are North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and Congress is considering canceling the transfer of two F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.

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Brunson's supporters maintain that the charges against him were fabricated.

Brunson was recently put under house arrest after 21 months in jail due to deteriorating health.

Pompeo said Trump had decided that sanctions were "the appropriate action".

The Turkish Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Turkey's foreign ministry said it had shared "necessary information" with the United States, but insisted the case should be left with its judiciary.

"The biggest takeaway of all of this ... is we're finally seeing frustrations with Turkey coalesce across the USA government", she said.

"We join with our coalition partners - In Defense of Christians and the Hellenic American Leadership Council - in welcoming the Administration's launch of a sanctions regime against Turkey", said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America.

Though the sanctions designations on the two ministers were largely symbolic-and a far cry from broader sanctions on the financial sector the United States could deploy-they still sent the Turkish lira to a record low.

The upheaval over the Brunson case comes as U.S. -Turkey relations had begun to improve slowly after years of tension, mostly having to do with conflicting objectives in Syria.

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