October 11, 2019 / 9:29 PM / a month ago

In response to possible U.S. sanctions, Turkey says it will retaliate

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said late on Friday that Turkey would retaliate to any steps against its efforts to fight terrorism, in response to the announcement of possible U.S. sanctions against Turkey, after it launched an offensive in Syria.

“Turkey is fighting with terrorist organizations that create a threat to its national security,” it said in a statement. “No one should doubt that we will retaliate ... to any step that will be taken against this.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that President Donald Trump had authorized U.S. officials to draft “very significant” new sanctions to target Turkey after it launched an offensive in northeast Syria, adding that banks were being notified.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Sandra Maler

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