Washington lifts sanctions imposed on Turkey in connection with the military operation launched by Ankara in the Northeast of Syria. US President Donald Trump stated on Wednesday.
“I have ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to lift all sanctions imposed on October 14,” the Washington chief of staff said, speaking at the White House.
At the same time, the American leader explained that the United States will be ready to restore the sanctions against Turkey if they are not satisfied with its steps in Syria. “Sanctions will be lifted until there is something we don’t like” — said the President of the United States.
Trump said that the United States will significantly increase duties on Turkish steel and other goods imported from Turkey if Ankara does not fulfill its obligations on Syria.
“If Turkey does not fulfill its obligations, including the protection of religious and ethnic minorities, and I sincerely believe that they will fulfill it, we reserve the right to re-impose destructive sanctions, including significantly increasing duties on steel and all other goods from Turkey,” the American leader said.
In addition, the US is calling on other countries to help Turkey strengthen control over its border with Syria, Trump added.
The US Treasury Department on Wednesday excluded from the sanctions lists the Turkish Ministry of national defense, the Ministry of energy and natural resources, the heads of these departments Hulusi Akar and Fatih Donmez, as well as interior Minister Suleiman Soylu. This is reported in the published press release of the Ministry of Finance.
“Due to the ceasefire and by order of President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department excludes two Turkish ministries and three senior officials from the sanctions list,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.