US President Donald Trump called Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria, said US Vice President Mike Pence.
According to him, the US did not give Turkey the “green light” to invade Syria.
The US “simply will not continue to tolerate the Turkish invasion of Syria,” Pence added. According to the Vice President, he will personally go to the Middle East on behalf of Trump.
Turkey launched a military operation in northeastern Syria on October 9, its goal, according to Ankara, is to oust the Kurdish “people’s self-defense units” and “Syrian democratic forces” from the border, where it is planned to create a security zone.
The United States opposed the operation. The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against the Ministry of energy and defense of Turkey, as well as their leaders — Fatih Donmez and Hulusi Akar. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu is also on the sanctions list.
Washington believes that by its actions Ankara has jeopardized the safety of civilians, as well as destabilizing the situation in the region and undermining the campaign against the “Islamic state.” Trump has already promised that in response to the operation, the US will rise to 50% for Turkey’s duties on steel, and stop negotiations on trade.