Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019

Donald Trumps news: President sanctions Turkey, accusing Erdogan of ‘possible war crimes’ | World | News

According to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Monday to agree on an immediate ceasefire. Mr Pence said that he would visit the region “as quickly as possible” to help broker a truce. The Vice President claimed that Trump took a firm line with the Turkish president.

He said: “The United States of America simply is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion in Syria any further.

“We are calling on Turkey to stand down, end the violence and come to the negotiating table.”

In moves which follow through on Trump’s previous promise to “wipe out” Turkey’s economy if Erdogan tried to wipe out the Kurds, the US Treasury imposed punitive sanctions on Turkey’s ministers of defence, interior and energy.

In a statement, Trump said: “I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes.

“Unfortunately, Turkey does not appear to be mitigating the humanitarian effects of its invasion.”

Their assets were frozen with immediate effect and US companies have been banned from carrying out any transactions with them.

A statement published by the Treasury explained its decision by saying: ”The Turkish government’s actions are endangering innocent civilians, and destabilizing the region, including undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS.”

Additionally, Trump said that he had increased tariffs on imports of Turkish steel, moving them back up to 50 percent, just six months after having lowered them.

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This follows an agreement reached on Sunday between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)and President Bashar Al-Assad, allowing the Syrian army to deploy along with border areas controlled by Kurdish forces to “repel Turkish aggression”.

The Syrian army’s presence significantly increases the chances of a confrontation with Turkish troops.

Syrian state media said government forces had entered Manbij, in the area where Turkey wants to create a “safe zone” cleared of Kurdish fighters.

Earlier, the army pushed into Tal Tamer and Ain Issa, where residents celebrated their arrival.

The deal is seen as a boost for President Bashar al-Assad as his troops return to those areas for the first time since 2012.

In 2012, forces loyal to President Assad withdrew from the region to fight rebels in other parts of the country, allowing Kurdish militias to take control.

Despite opposing Kurdish autonomy, Mr Assad did not seek to retake the territory, especially after the Kurds became partners in the coalition against IS with US troops on the ground.

The agreement represents a significant shift in alliances for the Kurds and another diplomatic coup for Putin who helped broker the deal.

They accuse Trump of stabbing them in the back after he ordered US troops to pull out from Kurdish areas in the north-east last week.

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