NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced Monday the imposition of sanctions against public charges and former public charges of the Government of Turkey in retaliation for the military offensive launched by Ankara in northeastern Syria.
“Soon I will issue an Executive Order (decree) to authorize the imposition of sanctions against current and previous charges of the Government of Turkey and anyone who contributes to the destabilizing actions of Turkey in northeastern Syria,” Trump said in a statement White House formal.
The sanctions also include the reimposition of 50 percent tariffs on Turkish steel imports, the rate applied up to this year's maximum, and the “immediate” suspension of negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement.
The offensive – called Turkey 'Operation Peace Spring' – began with air and artillery bombardment followed by a ground operation, days after US President Donald Trump took a 180-degree turn to the alliance Washington with the Kurd-Arab militias of the SDS, until then a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State, and withdraw its troops from the area, giving Turkey a 'green light' for its offensive.
Since then, most of the countries of the international community have charged against Turkey warning that the military offensive could have a negative impact against the fight against the terrorist organization.
The Syrian Army has begun on Monday to deploy to several key points in northeastern Syria following the agreement reached with Syrian Kurdish leaders to counter the offensive.