US senators push for sanctions on Turkey

Bipartisan members of the US Senate have called for serious consideration of reports of Turkey's violation of the ceasefire in northern and eastern Syria, and to respond with tough sanctions.

 Republican and Democratic senators asked the administration of President Donald Trump on Wednesday to tell them if reports that Turkey was violating a ceasefire in Syria were correct and responding with tough sanctions, Reuters reported.

Republicans Lindsay Graham, Marsha Blackburn, Democrats Chris Van Hollen, Richard Blumenthal and Jane Shaheen wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: "Given the risks, time is essential."

The agency pointed out that these among the strongest critics of Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from most of Syria, which was considered by many to abandon the Syrian Democratic Forces, which fought for years alongside US forces during the battle with ISIS mercenaries.

In the letter, senators noted reports that Turkish forces were operating outside an agreed “safe zone” in northern and eastern Syria, and that Turkish forces and their mercenaries were attacking areas near Tal- Tamr.

"On several occasions President Trump has threatened to destroy Turkey's economy if Turkey violates its obligations," they said in the letter.

 “In line with this position, we ask the administration to take swift measures to enforce the October 17 agreement with severe economic sanctions,” they added. They stressed that they would continue to seek passage of a sanctions bill in Congress.




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