In unprecedent move, US government has imposes sanctions to Turkey in cause of prison of American pastor Andrew Brunson. It’s a first time of Nato countries row itself.
“We believe he’s a victim of unfair and unjust detention,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Turkey has said US demands for Mr Brunson’s release are “unacceptable”, adding it will respond to “hostility”.
“We call on the US administration to row back from this wrong decision,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Without delay, there will be a response to this aggressive attitude that will not serve any purpose,” it continued.
Speaking to reporters earlier, Sanders said: “We’ve seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong.”
She added that the two Turkish ministers had both played “leading roles” in the arrest of the US pastor.
“As a result, any property or interest in property of both ministers within US jurisdiction is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them,” she said.
Sanders also said that President Trump had discussed the matter with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “multiple times”.
The US treasury department later said in a statement that Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu were targeted because they “serve as leaders of Turkish government organisations responsible for implementing Turkey’s serious human rights abuses”.
Last week, President Trump warned Turkey it would face “large sanctions” if it did not release Mr Brunson immediately.
In stock markets, Turkish Lira has plummeted their currency value 1.6% today.
Conclusion: The row among strong leaders for nothing.