US announces sanctions against Turkish cabinet ministers over Brunson arrest

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Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm

The United States announced sanctions against Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Aug. 1 over the country's imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the two ministers had played leading roles in Brunson's arrest.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement formally announcing the financial restrictions.

"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately," he said.

Anticipation of the U.S. sanctions had already helped to send the Turkish Lira to an all-time low against the dollar on Aug. 1.
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As the first Turkish reaction to the U.S. decision to sanction two Turkish ministers, Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAİK) has announced that "there should be no sanctions between old friends" and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "can solve this problem" with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

"This new development is unacceptable given the bilateral relationship, NATO alliance, and because of the fact that it is direct political move aimed at the independence of the judicial process. We urge the related parties to reverse this decision, and urge all to work hard to put the bilateral relationship to a level worthy of allies and friends," TAİK chairman Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ said in a statement late August 1.
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U.S. embassy officials in Ankara visited the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Aug. 2 to brief them on the details of the sanctions declared on Turkey by the U.S. Treasury, diplomatic sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.

The U.S. imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers on Aug. 1 in a new attempt to get NATO ally Turkey to hand over imprisoned U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.

The U.S. Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, saying the two led government institutions behind “serious human rights abuses.” The U.S. also blamed both for being involved in Brunson’s arrest and detention.

The U.S. sanctions will result in blocking any property or interest in property of both Gül and Soylu. U.S. citizens will also be generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
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Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:23 pm

İYİ (Good) Party spokesperson Aytun Çıray has said Turkey should retaliate against the U.S. sanctions and “seize the assets of the U.S. president and secretaries.”

“The Justice and Development Party [AKP] government should seize Trump Towers,” he said in a statement on Aug. 2, referring to the Turkish franchise of Trump Towers located in a commercial district of Istanbul.

“The AKP should also halt the $11 billion passenger plane purchase from the U.S.,” the statement said.
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Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:08 pm

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A group of Turkish lawyers have applied to the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the arrest of members of the US military at Incirlik Airbase in Adana over their alleged cooperation with the faith-based Gülen movement, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Friday.

According to the report, lawyers working for the “platform of the civil fight” against the Gülen movement asked in their petition for the arrest of American soldiers at İncirlik Airbase for attempting to destroy the constitutional order, attempting to prevent partially or totally the Turkish government from exercising its authority and endangering the sovereignty of Turkish state” by their activities with the Gülen movement.

The lawyers also demanded the “arrest of the commanders of the US Air Force who are the superiors of the soldiers based at Incirlik and took a role in the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.”

The 60-page criminal complaint names Col. John C. Walker, Col. Michael H. Manion, Col. David Eaglen, Col. David Trucksa, Lt. Col. Timothy J. Cook, Lt. Col. Mack R. Coker, Sgt. Thomas S. Cooper, Sgt. Vegas M. Clark and others deployed to İncirlik Base and asks for their detention

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Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:10 pm

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that “the clock had run” out for the Turkish government’s imprisonment of Americans, including an evangelical pastor whose case has been a sore point between Ankara and Washington and that it is time to release them, The Washington Post reported.

Speaking to reporters aboard his plane en route to Singapore from Malaysia, Pompeo said he planned to raise the matter during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of a conference of 27 Asian nations.
Pompeo met with Çavuşoğlu immediately after arriving from Malaysia. A State Department description of their conversation said only that they addressed a number of issues during a “constructive” conversation.

The State Department has demanded that Turkey release a number of American detainees, including Andrew Brunson, a pastor who has been detained for almost two years on charges of “terrorism” and “espionage,” and Serkan Gölge, a Turkish American NASA scientist convicted of membership in a “terrorist organization,” as well as three locally hired employees of US diplomatic missions in Turkey. All were taken into custody in a crackdown after a failed military coup attempt in 2016.

“Brunson needs to come home,” Pompeo said he would tell Çavuşoğlu. “As do all the Americans that are being held by the Turkish government. It’s pretty straightforward. They’ve been holding these folks for a long time.

“These are innocent people,” he added. “Pastor Brunson is an innocent pastor, and they need to let him return to the United States, and they need to let our locally employed folks — everyone needs to be let out. That’s the message. We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward — I am hopeful.”

Pompeo said the Turkish government is aware that US patience with Turkey over the Brunson case is growing thin.

“The Turks were well on notice that the clock had run and that it was time for Pastor Brunson to be returned,” he said. “And I hope they’ll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we’re very serious. We consider this one of the many issues that we have with the Turks.”

After their meeting, Çavuşoğlu told Turkish television that he had reiterated Turkey’s message that “threatening language and sanctions do not achieve anything” but still described the meeting as “constructive.”
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Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:12 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a key meeting in Singapore just two days after the latter imposed sanctions on its NATO ally, in a sign of the continuation of the diplomatic track between the two countries.
We have always been for diplomacy, dialogue and mutual understanding. But we also stressed that threatening language and sanctions will not produce any results. Of course, these problems cannot be solved with one meeting but we have agreed to work closely to solve them," Çavuşoğlu told journalists after the meeting, which he described as "constructive."

Pompeo, on the other hand, said that their decision for sanctions is "a demonstration that [the U.S. is] very serious" about the demand of Brunson's release
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Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:14 pm

Turkey’s Competition Board has opened an investigation into Google after concluding in its preliminary findings that a complaint about its search results for shopping could be rightful.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Aug. 3 that the board decided in its meeting last month to open a probe into four Google companies registered in the U.S., the EU and Turkey, namely, Google Reklamcılık ve Pazarlama Ltd. Şti, Google International LLC, Google LLC and Google Ireland Limited.

The complaint had claimed that Google “abuses its dominant position in search engine market, making the business of its competitors in online shopping harder

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Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:16 pm

The annual inflation in Turkey surged to 15.85 in July, according to official data released on Aug. 3.

“A rise in general index was realized in Consumer Price Index [2003=100] in the previous month by 0.55 percent, in December of the previous year by 9.77 percent, in same month of the previous year by 15.85 percent and in the 12 months moving averages basis by 12 percent in July 2018,” the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said in its statement.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile items such as food, energy and gold, was 15.1 percent in July, up from 14.6 percent.
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:00 pm

Turkish delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal left for Washington Aug. 7 to resolve the current crisis in relations after the U.S. slapped sanctions against Turkey over the detention of pastor Andrew Brunson, while the two sides’ foreign ministers held a phone call on the same day, in a sign of wanting to put diplomacy back on track.

Officials from Turkey’s justice, finance and foreign ministries make up the nine-member delegation going to Washington, according to diplomatic sources who asked to remain anonymous. The meeting is expected to take place on Aug. 8.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a phone conversation, private broadcaster CNN Türk reported.

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