Amid growing tension in northern Syria, US President Donald Trump announced on Monday harsh sanctions against Turkey for his "destabilization actions" in the framework of the offensive against the Kurds.
"I will soon issue an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and anyone who contributes to the destabilizing actions of Turkey in northeastern Syria," the president said in a statement released on his networks. social.
"The order will authorize a wide range of consequences, including financial penalties, the blocking of assets and the prohibition of entry into the United States," he said.RELATED
Trump also announced the end of trade negotiations with Ankara and said he will reimburse steel tariffs: “Steel rates will increase to 50 percent, the level before the reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations regarding a $ 100 billion (US) trade agreement with Turkey. "
The US president considered that Turkey's military offensive "endangers civilians and threatens peace, security and stability in the region." “I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkey's action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and establishing conditions for possible war crimes. Turkey must ensure the safety of civilians, including religious and ethnic minorities, ”he said.
In this regard, he said his Government "will aggressively use economic sanctions to attack those who allow, facilitate and finance these heinous acts in Syria." "I am fully prepared to quickly destroy Turkey's economy if Turkish leaders continue on this dangerous and destructive path," he warned.
This Sunday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that Trump ordered the total withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, an area where Turkish and Kurdish forces are currently facing.
Specifically, the president ordered the withdrawal of the approximately 1,000 US soldiers remaining in that region, after knowing that Turkey intends to expand its attack "further south than originally planned and west," said the Pentagon chief .
The official agency Sana confirmed the arrival of “units of the Syrian Arab army” to the town of Tal Tamr, which is about 30 km from the border with Turkey, but according to the NGO Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH) some units in the area have approached up to 6 km from the border.