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US slaps sanctions over charged pastor; Turkey vows reprisal

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan
Orlando Vargas | 02 August, 2018, 07:53

Turkey will retaliate against a USA decision to impose sanctions on two senior ministers over the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Mr. Brunson had been jailed for about 18 months on terrorism-related charges.

Speaking privately to journalists late Saturday, President Erdogan broke his silence on the crisis, saying the US can't use sanctions to make Turkey back down.

Ankara, however, transferred Brunson to house arrest last week instead of repatriating him to the United States, provoking Trump's fury.

On Tuesday, Turkish government spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara would retaliate against any US sanctions and hoped the conflict could be resolved during a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Cavusoglu later this week.

Brunson denies the charges while USA officials have repeatedly stressed that Brunson is innocent.

Brunson's detention has deepened a rift between Washington and Ankara, which are also at odds over the Syrian war, Turkey's plan to buy a missile defense system from Russian Federation, and planned US sanctions on Iran - which supplies fuel to Turkey.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a 14 July phone call to let Ozkan go in a "trade" for Brunson, who has spent 21 months in Turkish detention.

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Pence, who has close ties to the evangelical Christian community, has been following Brunson's case since he was arrested and pressing behind the scenes for action, aides said.

In Ankara, Turkey called on the U.S.to reverse its decision and promised to "respond in kind without delay" against what it described as an aggressive stance by the Trump administration.

Indeed, the Turkish currency slid to a record low after the White House announced the sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump has had several conversations about the matter with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Noone dictates Turkey", Turkey's minister of foreign affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, wrote on Twitter.

Brunson's next court date is scheduled for October 12, according to Reuters.

The White House has not specified what sanctions might be imposed on Turkey. He added that Turkey expected the issue to be resolved through diplomacy and that foreign ministers of the two countries would meet this week.

But the move stoked tensions rather than defusing the crisis, with USA media reports accusing Turkey of reneging on a deal to free him, which Ankara has denied.

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