BERLIN GERMANY- JULY 15 Pro Erdogan Berlin Turks wave Turkish flags and one gives the hand sign of the ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves organization as they gather in front of the Turkish Embassy to commemorate the first anniversary of the failed coup

The court had last week ordered that Brunson, who had spent nearly two years in jail after his initial detention in October 2016, be moved from jail to house arrest at his home in Izmir.

U.S. President Donald Trump has had several conversations about the matter with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the United States. has grown exhausted of waiting for Turkish action on the matter.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration would sanction Turkey's minister of justice and minister of interior over the holding of 50-year-old Andrew Craig Brunson. "There is no doubt that the decision ... will seriously damage the constructive efforts made in order to resolve problems between the two countries", the ministry said in a statement.


Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for almost two decades, was arrested later that year and charged with complicity in the attempt to overthrow Erdogan's government.

Ankara had the right to seek arbitration if Washington blocks delivery of F-35 jets to Turkey, Kalin said.

Last week, Turkey dismissed warnings of sanctions from Trump and Pence.

He said Erdogan overestimated the significance of his personal relationship with Trump, given growing impatience with Turkey in Congress, the State Department, and Pentagon. Turkey released him from prison on house arrest last week.


A State Department official was unable to confirm any planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, but a lawyer following Brunson's case said high-level contacts were ongoing. "There's no credible evidence of any wrongdoing against him", Pence said.

Faced with pressure from US officials past year, Erdogan suggested Brunson's release may depend on USA compliance with one of his own demands: the extradition of elderly Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has repeatedly accused of organizing the 2016 coup from his compound in Pennsylvania, despite Gulen's denials. "President Trump concluded that these sanctions are the appropriate action". Brunson, who was recently released to home detention, was charged with committing crimes, including spying for the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by both the USA and Turkey as well as the EU.

"We are still pursuing a diplomatic approach", Nauert said.

In a statement announcing the sanctions, the US Department of the Treasury said Gul and Soylu are the leaders of organisations that have engaged in "serious human rights abuse". He's a man of profound Christian faith, who has ministered in Turkey for more than 20 years.


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