Turkey retaliates over USA sanctions

Turkey retaliates over USA sanctions

Turkey retaliates over USA sanctions

Speaking on Friday ahead of the meeting, Pompeo said that USA sanctions on Turkey showed America is "very serious" about Brunson's release.

Before his move home last week, Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, had spent almost two years in jail.

Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for almost two years, has been moved to house arrest; religion correspondent Lauren Green reports from the State Department.

This comes after the US slapped sanctions on Turkish government officials earlier this week for their role in his capture.

"We have said from the start that the other side's threatening language and sanctions will not get any result".

So how does Turkey plan to respond? "They've been holding these folks for a long time. These are innocent people", he said.

"The decision, which disrespectfully intervenes in our judicial system, will seriously damage the constructive efforts made in order to resolve problems between the two countries", Ankara's foreign ministry said.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 27, 2018.

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Erdogan said Turkey will never step back from defence industry projects, saying 48 out of the 400 projects are related to the defence industry.

Erdogan, who is known for his sometimes provocative anti-Western rhetoric, has yet to comment.

Speaking in Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had been "patient" since the U.S. Treasury sanctions imposed Wednesday, but ordered authorities to "freeze the assets of America's justice and interior ministers in Turkey, if there are any".

Brunson's case has resonated with President Donald Trump and particularly with Vice President Mike Pence, who has close ties to evangelical Christians.

Mr. Brunson had denied all charges and his case has become a cause celebre for USA evangelicals and the Trump administration. His next hearing is set for October 12.

The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, faces as many as 35 years in jail if found guilty.

The Manbij deal between Turkey and the US focuses on the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) from the northern Syrian city and stability in the region.

The sell-off, which also hammered local stocks and Turkey's debt risk profile, reflected deepening investor concern over tensions with the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and major trading partner.

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