Turkey Threatens US With Retaliation if Sanctions Are Imposed

Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:52 WIB



Ankara is threatening retaliation against Washington if hit by sanctions.

The warning comes as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on measures against Turkey over its procuring of Russian defense systems.

"U.S. lawmakers must understand they will get nowhere with impositions," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday during a television interview. "If the United States approaches us positively, we will also react positively. But if they take negative toward us, then we will retaliate."

Sanctions against Turkey enjoy bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats are not only angry with Ankara's perceived shift toward Moscow, but also a Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, in northeast Syria.

Turkey has designated the YPG as terrorists, but the militia is a key ally in the Washington-led war against Islamic State.

Source : VOA


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