TURKEY has issued a chilling warning to the US after the Trump administration sanctioned two Turkish officials for their roles in the arrest and detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson, inflaming tensions that were already simmering over a series of disagreements.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday the extraordinary use of financial sanctions against Ankara, which is a US allied government, would not be left without retaliation as it constitutes a “hostile stance”.
Mr Cavusoglu said in a statement: “We call on the US administration to walk back from this wrong decision.”
He then added on Twitter: “The US move to impose sanctions against two our ministers will not remain unanswered.
Heather Nauert, a US State Department spokeswoman, said on Wednesday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will discuss the detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson during a meeting in Singapore.
She added: “Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by phone on August 1 to once again address the unjust detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson and other US citizens and diplomatic staff.
“We are still pursuing a diplomatic approach.”
Mr Brunson has been in a Turkish jail since October 2016 for allegedly being a threat to national security.
Turkey suspects the pastor has ties to the organisers of the 2016 coup in July to try to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Full article: World War 3: Turkey THREATENS US as it calls Trump’s sanctions a ‘HOSTILE STANCE’ (Express)