Donald Trump has carried out his threat. On Monday evening, the American President signed a sanction decree against three Turkish ministers, a way of putting pressure on the Turkish authorities in the middle of an offensive in northern Syria.
Turkey has launched a military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurdish forces. This military action, which began on the eve of the withdrawal of American forces, is condemned by most world leaders. Determined to bring Ankara to its knees, the Trump administration has sanctioned Turkish officials. The White House decree targeted three Turkish ministers, including the Minister of the Interior, Defence and Energy.
Washington thus announces the freezing of any assets in the United States of these ministers and the freezing of their international transactions in dollars. They will also be denied entry into the United States. “The United States wants Turkey to end the invasion, implement an immediate ceasefire and begin negotiating with Kurdish forces in Syria,” President Trump said in a conversation with his counterpart Recep Tayyib Erdogan. Several other countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom have called for an end to the offensive. For the Kurds, the military action will allow Daesh to settle back in the region.