Turkey unlikely to give up on United States despite unprecedented row

Turkey unlikely to give up on United States despite unprecedented row

"I do not expect Turkey to look for new allies", said Yasar Yakis, a former minister of foreign affairs, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks should be taken as a warning rather than something tangible.

Turkey has been hit by a lira crisis fuelled by a fierce row with the United States.

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal for United States Christian pastor Andrew Brunson to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges.

The Turkish government said tariffs on American cars will be doubled to 120 percent while those on alcoholic drinks will be hiked by the same rate to 140 percent.

According to the Hurriyet Daily, a significant number of importers have begun to withdraw their short and long-term orders after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appeal to boycott USA electronic products on Tuesday. "Turkey would do well not to test @POTUS Trump's resolve to see Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned in foreign lands returned home to the United States", Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 2018.

The Trump administration assailed retaliatory tariffs imposed by Turkey on $1 billion of US goods as the standoff between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the detention of an American pastor worsened.

In recent days, Qatari supporters of Turkey have begun a public campaign in Doha to change their riyals into lira in an attempt to shore up the plunging Turkish currency.

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Jeffrey Hovenier talks to members of the media after visiting USA pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being held under house arrest in Izmir, Turkey, Aug. 14, 2018.

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Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak rules out restricting the movement of capital as a policy option, as he seeks to bolster confidence in the country's economy, Bloomberg reports.

"Turkey isn't in favor of an economic war", Ibrahim Kalin said Wednesday, "but staying silent when attacked is out of question".

An evangelical from North Carolina, he has been held in Turkey for almost two years over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Gulenist movement, which Turkey blames for a failed coup in 2016.

It chose to release two Greek soldiers from prison on Tuesday.

Administration sources says further sanctions against Turkey are under active consideration.

Turkey has agreed to buy S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russian Federation, an unprecedented move by a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, which has raised objections from members of both parties of the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration.

Ties between Ankara and Washington have been extremely strained in recent weeks over Turkey's detention of USA pastor Andrew Brunson. The United States slapped financial sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey over his continued detention. A lower court rejected the appeal on Wednesday, but Brunson's lawyer suggested to CBS News that he still had hope the higher court would reverse that decision.

The Trump administration said Wednesday that Erdogan's imposition of retaliatory tariffs against the US were "a step in the wrong direction".

It said the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep has halted imports of American brands and products.

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