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Turkey 'will retaliate' over USA sanctions as crisis grows

04 August 2018

"But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

Steps taken by the United States about pastor Andrew Brunson were not suitable for a strategic partner and were disrespectful to Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Andrew Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, was placed under house arrest last week following almost two years in jail on charges of espionage and supporting terror groups.

Davutoğlu said the US decision is a risky move and "incompatible with the most simple diplomatic courtesy and mutual respect". He denies the charges but faces up to 35 years in jail.

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Speaking to the women's wing of his AK Party, Erdogan said he gave orders for assets in Turkey belonging to the US interior and justice ministers to be frozen "if they have any".

The sell-off, which also hammered local stocks and Turkey's debt risk profile, reflected deepening investor concern over tensions with the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and major trading partner.

"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", Pompeo told reporters ahead of the summit.

Following the meeting, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Pompeo "had a constructive conversation" with Cavusoglu and they " agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries". These are innocent people.

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Speaking to Turkish journalists after his meeting with Pompeo, Cavusoglu also described their discussion as "extremely constructive" and said the two would continue to work toward resolving disputes.

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Washington earlier this week imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the case of Andrew Brunson, a USA pastor on trial in Turkey for backing terrorism.

The Turkish lira, which has been in decline against the dollar for most of 2018, fell to a record low of five to the dollar on Wednesday, after dropping 1.7 per cent following the sanctions announcement. "We consider this one of the many issues that we have with the Turks". "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately". He was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK militants.

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He said due to "one-sided" reports of credit rating institutions, Turkey tends towards China in external borrowing.

Turkey 'will retaliate' over USA sanctions as crisis grows