US President Donald Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara’s military operation in northeast Syria, and called for an immediate ceasefire.
In his sanctions announcement, Trump said he was halting negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey and raising steel tariffs back up to 50 percent.The US has sanctioned two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials.
The US Treasury published a statement, which said that action was taken against Turkey’s defence, interior and energy ministries.
In a statement announcing the move, Trump said he was “fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path”.
President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce, Vice-President Mike Pence said.
Mr Pence said he would travel to the region “as quickly as possible”.
Meanwhile, in Turkey’s anti-terrorist operation in northern Syria, 7 Syrian National Army (SNA) soldiers have been martyred and 51 wounded over the last two days, according to sources on the ground in the area of operations.
Since Oct. 9, the beginning of the operation, a total of 23 SNA soldiers have been martyred and 108 injured.
So far two district centers, a town, and dozens of village have been liberated from PKK/YPG terrorists.
Clashes between PKK/YPG terrorists and SNA troops in Operation Peace Spring are continuing in the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad, east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Syrian state media said Russian-backed government forces had entered the strategic town of Manbij, inside the area where Turkey wants to create a “safe zone”.