US sanctions on Turkey: Penalties imposed on Turkish officials to stop invasion into Syria
United States (US) imposes new sanctions against Turkey over its invasion into northern Syria.
US sanctions on Turkey: The United States has once again imposed sanctions on Turkish officials over their invasion into Northeast Syria. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Vice President Mike Pence made an announcement regarding the same on October 14, 2019. Later, US President Donald Trump himself shared the Statement on his official Twitter handle regarding the sanctions imposed on Turkey over its actions in Northeast Syria, the areas that are held by Kurdish allies of the US.
The US has imposed penalties on three Turkish Ministers, the Turkish department of defence and the ministry of energy. The sanctions call for an immediate ceasefire with Turkey’s further incursion into Syria. President Trump has signed an executive order directing Vice President Mike Pence to lead a delegation to Turkey for negotiations the Turks and Kurds.
Moreover, apart from imposing sanctions and calling for a ceasefire, the President also increased steel tariffs and cancelled the negotiations over a trade deal with Turkey worth USD 100 billion. Have a look at the key highlights of the sanctions imposed on Turkey and its officials by the US President Trump:
Highlights of the US President Trump’s Statement imposing Sanctions on Turkey
- Immediate ceasefire considering Turkey’s further involvement in Syria
- Steel tariffs to be increased back to 50 per cent
- Stop negotiations for the USD 100 billion trade deal with Turkey
- Additional sanctions such as blocking of property & restriction on entry into the US on those involved in serious human rights abuse, violation of the ceasefire, displacing people and threatening peace
- Sanctions on the Turkish officials for their actions or policies that could threaten peace, stability, security and territorial integrity of Syria
- Turkey should prioritise the protection of civilians, minorities and infrastructure.
- Turkey should immediately cease its invasion into northeast Syria and return to a dialogue with the US.
- US troops will be redeployed to monitor the situation and prevent ISIS invasion into Syria and Iraq.
US President's Statement:
US withdrawal of its troops from Syria
These sanctions on a NATO ally Turkey came after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of its troops from northern Syria. Soon after the US announcement, Turkey began moving deeper into the northern part of Syria and captured a key border town from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It was reported that a few ISIS prisoners were able to escape during the Turkish offensive.
The withdrawal has ignited the strongest criticism from the Republicans, who have been trying to persuade President Donald Trump in the light of Turkey’s deep involvement in Syria. On the other hand, the Kurdish allies of the US have warned that the withdrawal of troops will once again give a chance to ISIS to rebuild its presence in the region.