Policy 17/10/2019 36
US President Donald Trump has said Washington will "try to settle the matter" with Turkey over its offensive in northeastern Syria, but sanctions will be "devastating" if talks with Ankara do not go well.
According to the agency "Reuters", Trump told reporters on Wednesday at the White House hours before Vice President, Mike Pence, to Ankara with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo: "We are in a strong position."
"I think they will have a successful meeting," Trump told a news conference with Italian President Sergio Matarella. "If not, the sanctions, fees and other things we impose and impose on Turkey will be devastating for the Turkish economy."
In a related context, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, said his department has given Pompeo and Pence a list of additional sanctions may be imposed if Turkey does not stop its attack, hinting that the sanctions may target more Turkish ministers and ministries or industries.
Trump had earlier threatened his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to impose destructive sanctions on his country, if the meeting, which is expected to bring together Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Mike Pence, did not succeed later.