KIEV. 15 Aug. UNN. Vice-President Michael Pence believes that the Turkish authorities better not to test the patience of President Donald trump on the issue of release of American pastor Andrew Brunson. It is reported by UNN with reference to the microblog in Twitter policy.
“Turkey is better not to test the patience of the President trump the issue of the return home of Americans wrongly detained abroad,” he said, Recalling that in the United States Brunson believed to be innocent.
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Protestant pastor Andrew Branson, who lived in the district of Izmir, was arrested in 2017 for alleged links with the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party and “terrorist organization fethullahists” (followers of the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen). May 7 this year, Branson appeared before a Turkish court and denied allegations of terrorist activities and espionage, and on 25 July he was placed under house arrest for medical reasons. Prosecutor demands for him to 35 years in prison.
The US sharply criticized Turkey for up to the pastor and demand his immediate release. Trump has previously threatened Ankara to impose sanctions, but in early August, has implemented these threats. States has banned the entry into its territory of the Ministers of justice and internal Affairs of the Republic, and increased by half the duty on steel and aluminium from Turkey to 50% and 20% respectively.
The U.S. government can consider lifting sanctions from Turkey, if the pastor Andrew Branson will be released, announced at the White house. The Turkish side and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “reacted to the Branson very unfair,” said the US administration.
It is noted that the release of the pastor will only lead to the lifting of restrictions against the Minister of internal Affairs Suleyman Soylu, and Minister of justice, Gul Abdulhamit. The decision to raise import duties on Turkish steel will remain in force, said at the White house. Restrictions against the two officials, Washington imposed 1 Aug. The position of the U.S. government is that the Ministers involved in the arrest of the pastor.
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The Turkish leader decided to respond to the actions of the US authorities flipped. August 4, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the assets of two American Ministers, including justice and home Affairs in Turkey, if any, will be frozen. Press Secretary of Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin earlier on Wednesday said that relations between the two countries are on the verge of rupture. The President of Turkey announced a boycott of all American electronics and also significantly increased duties on certain goods from the United States. Ankara raised tariffs on American cars, alcohol and tobacco. Erdogan also proposed to boycott the iPhone smartphones American company Apple. Meanwhile, this whole crisis has severely weakened the country’s economy and Turkish Lira that has lost since the beginning of the year for more than 40% of the cost.