Published: 2018-08-17 11:44
Last Updated: 2018-08-17 14:33
Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, threatened Turkey on Thursday with imposing more sanctions on the already tumbling Turkish economy if Ankara does not release the American detained pastor.
While the US insists that Pastor Brunson, who faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty of espionage, is “a victim of unfair and unjust detention,” Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the US of trying to “bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor.”
Last week, the US imposed sanctions and doubled tariffs on Turkey over the pastor’s detention, which weakened its currency, the lira, and saw it plunge by more than 20%.
Turkey retaliated by issuing a decree signed by President Erdogan which raised the tariffs on US imports to: 120% on cars, 140% on alcoholic drinks and 60$ on tobacco.