Turkish FM Çavusoglu to Trump and Pence : Nobody can Impose on Turkey, Can not Make Threats

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu said on Thursday Turkey would never tolerate threats from anybody after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of “large sanctions” unless Ankara freed an American pastor on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges. Rule of law is for everyone; no exception,” Çavusoglu wrote on Twitter. …

 


Pence tells Turkey to release U.S. pastor or face tough sanctions!

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said here on Thursday that the United States will slap “significant economic sanctions” on Turkey unless it immediately releases a detained U.S. pastor.

Pence said Turkey should take immediate action to free Andrew Brunson or “be prepared to face the consequences.”

U.S. President Donald Trump also tweeted earlier that Ankara should release Brunson, calling the cleric’s detention “a total disgrace.”

The 50-year-old pastor, who was detained two years ago on spying charges, faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

A Turkish court on Wednesday decided to move him from prison to house arrest under judicial control due to his health problems. However, he was not allowed to leave the country.

Turkish authorities accuse him of espionage and having links to the network led by U.S.-based outlawed cleric Fethullah Gülen and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Ankara accuses Gülen and his network of being behind the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government in 2016.

Pence said Turkey should take immediate action to free Andrew Brunson or “be prepared to face the consequences.”

The statement of Pence about Turkey starts 44:20 minutes into the video

Hülya Karahan

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