UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump signed a decree imposing sanctions against Turkish officials, raising duties on Turkish steel to 50% and “immediately” ending trade negotiations with the country, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed. It is reported by CNBC.
“This decree will allow the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions against those who may be involved in serious human rights violations, impede a ceasefire, impede the return of displaced persons, forcibly repatriate refugees or threaten peace, security or stability in Syria,” the statement said.
These measures followed Trump’s decision to order the withdrawal of US troops from the northern border of Syria with Turkey, which allowed Turkish forces to launch an offensive against Kurdish forces in the United States in Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 9 announced the start of a military operation called the “Spring of Peace” in northern Syria. Ankara calls the Kurds “militants” and seeks to clear the northern regions of Syria bordering Turkey from the Kurds.
Shortly before the announcement of the sanctions and the increase in duties, Trump wrote on Twitter: “Anyone who wants to help Syria protect the Kurds is fine with me, be it Russia, China or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all succeed in this, and we are 7 thousand. “miles (about 11.265 thousand km – approx. ed.) from there!”
“I made it clear to President Erdogan: Turkey’s actions are accelerating the humanitarian crisis and creating the conditions for possible war crimes,” Trump said on Monday.
“Turkey must ensure the safety of civilians, including religious and ethnic minorities … Unfortunately, Turkey does not seem to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of its invasion,” the US president said.
“The US will aggressively use economic sanctions against those who allow, facilitate and fund these abominable actions in Syria,” Trump said in a statement. “I am fully prepared to quickly destroy the Turkish economy if Turkish leaders continue along this dangerous and destructive path.”
In May, the United States halved its duties on Turkish steel to 25%. At the same time, trump canceled the preferential regime of trade with Turkey.
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