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The US House of Representatives passed a bill that imposed sanctions on Turkey


Turkish troops are deployed near the border town of Ras al-Ain, Hassakeh province, northeastern Syria on October 27, 2019. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

The contents of the bill include banning US arms sales to Ankara for the Syrian campaign; identify the role of senior Turkish officials in this campaign and impose restrictive measures on these characters; punish foreign objects to provide weapons to Turkish forces in Syria.

The bill also requires the administration of US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions that have been removed after the two sides reached a ceasefire agreement that opens the Kurdish forces' withdrawal from the border area that Turkey. Set a goal to establish a safety zone.

On the same day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the move by the US House of Representatives, saying the decision was inconsistent with a ceasefire agreement between Ankara and Washington reached on October 17. The ministry called on the administration of President Donald Trump to take measures to avoid further harming bilateral relations between the two allied countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

On October 14, the US raised Turkey's steel import tax to 50%, and stopped negotiating a $ 100 billion trade agreement. Washington also included a series of Turkish Government officials on the sanctions list, freezing property in the US and banning all transactions with them. These sanctions involve Ankara purchasing Russia's S-400 air defense missile system.

However, on October 23, President Trump decided to lift these sanctions after the US and Turkey reached a ceasefire agreement in Syria. Turkey has informed the US of a "permanent" truce in Syria. However, US MPs remain concerned about Washington's withdrawal from the region and Ankara continues to push its military operation there.

To be effective, the bill needs to be passed by the US Senate and signed by President Donald Trump.


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