The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it would “retaliate” against U.S. sanctions that came as punishment for incarcerating pastor Andrew Brunson on trumped up sham charges, Reuters reports.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that what Ankora deems an appropriate response would soon come.
“We call on the U.S. administration to walk back from this wrong decision,” said a statement by the Turkish foreign ministry quoted by Reuters, with the statement describing what America was doing as a “hostile stance.”
“The U.S. move to impose sanctions against two our ministers will not remain unanswered,” Cavusoglu tweeted.
“We will not be able to resolve our problems unless the U.S. administration realizes that its attempts to push its illegal demands through such methods are futile,” he added.
According to Bloomberg News, the Trump Administration put together a list of people and institutions in Turkey that they could sanction as a means of gaining leverage and pressuring the country to release Brunson and other Americans if Turkey is not willing to do so without the need for sanctions to force its hand. The sanctions would hurt the economy, and stopping the flow of money tends to get the attention of people quickly.
“The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!” President Donald Trump tweeted.
Turkey’s foreign minister Cavusoglu entered the Twitter arena and used the social media platform to respond to the American president.
“No one dictates [to] Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody. Rule of law is for everyone; no exception,” he tweeted.