The U.S.’ attempt to impose sanctions on Turkey disrespects the country’s sovereign decisions to protect its national security, Ankara said Thursday in response to the U.S. Senate’s approval of a legislation levying sanctions on the country.
Releasing a statement, the Foreign Ministry criticized the Senate’s approval of a foreign relations committee-backed legislation that proposes levying sanctions on Turkey for its anti-terror operation in northern Syria and the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.
“The main cause of this (the sanctions) is the deep disappointment because we dealt a heavy blow to the long and carefully planned project (in northern Syria),” the ministry said.
The ministry was referring to the efforts of the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to establish a terrorist corridor on its southern border that could threaten Turkey's border security and peace.
While the country liberated northwestern territories from Daesh in cross-border operations, it also prevented the YPG from establishing a de facto autonomous region in Syria connecting the northwestern Afrin canton to the Kobani and Jazeera cantons in the northeast, which Ankara describes as a "terror corridor" posing a grave security threat to its national security.
“The initiatives conducted in both houses of the Congress through internal political considerations and supported by known anti-Turkish circles, are yet another manifestation of the disrespect shown toward our sovereign decisions concerning our national security,” the statement said, adding that it will have no function and will only damage Turkey-U.S. ties.
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