U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Turkey on Wednesday due to the situation in Syria.
The channel notes that the US Vice President and Secretary of State will be tasked with seeking a ceasefire in northern Syria and reaching an agreement between Turkey and Kurdish forces.
At the same time, as the White House press pool in turn noted, the president also raised the issue of restrictive measures announced on the eve of Turkey. According to Trump, the United States is very cruel with Turkey, and the sanctions imposed are the strongest.
“Turkey made good money on steel supplies,” the president said, adding that the Turkish side will not be able to do more
On October 9, the Turkish armed forces launched an operation in the northeast of Syria to oust the Kurdish militias from the border areas. The United States criticized the operation.
At the end of last week, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, said that the US president had ordered all American troops to be withdrawn from northern Syria to prevent them from being involved in hostilities between the Turkish army and Kurdish troops.
Trump then signed an executive decree imposing sanctions on the Turkish Ministry of Defense and Energy. In addition, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Suleiman Soilu and Minister of Energy Fatih Donmez were included in the sanctions lists.
Trump also decided to increase steel tariffs for Turkey by 50%.
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