The United States has imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials over the country’s military offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Syria.
The US Department of the Treasury said in a statement on Monday that it has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the heads of the two ministries and the minister of the interior in response to the country’s military operations in Syria.
Earlier on Monday, President Donald Trump also released a statement to announce new sanctions against “current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.”
He said he will be soon issuing an “Executive Order” which authorizes the imposition of these sanctions.
He also vowed to increase tariffs on Turkish steel by up to 50 percent, and immediately stop negotiations with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.