In reaction to the Turkish military incursion into the Syrian Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump said on Monday he will soon impose sanction on Ankara.
“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against the current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any person contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump said in a lengthy statement published on his Twitter feed.
“Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in may.
The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
According to the statement, the order will authorize a board range of consequences, including financial sanctions, the blocking of property, and barring entry into the United States.
The sanctions will include all the personalities seen by the US as involved in destabilizing actions in Syria, responsible for forceable return of refugees, violating human rights, obstruction a ceasefire, or preventing the return of displaced people from returning to their homes.
Trump reminded of the US leadership in the war against the ISIS, warning that Turkey must not put the achievement of defeating ISIS Caliphate in jeopardy, and it should also protect the civilian lives in northern Syria, including those of ethnic and religious minorities.
“Turkey’s military offensive is endangering civilians and threatening peace, security, and stability in the region.
I have been perfectly lear with President Erdogan: Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes.
Turkey must ensure the safety of civilians, including ethnic and religious minorities, and is now, or maybe in the future, responsible for the ongoing detention of ISIS terrorists in the region. Unfortunately, Turkey does not appear to be mitigating the humanitarian effects of its invasion,” the statement continues.