President Donald Trump has revealed that the US is lifting sanctions on Ankara after Turkey has agreed on a permanent ceasefire in Syria and halted its military operation in the area.
President Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump
Earlier, Washington has levied sanctions on the importation of Turkish products in retaliation to the military offensive in northern Syria. Mr. Trump also stopped the talks on a $100bn trade deal with Ankara, increase the steel tariffs back up to 50% and impose sanctions on defense and energy ministries of the country.
US President further said that sanctions can be re-imposed if something will happen against our will. Mr. Trump took the entire credit of truce and revealed that the permanent ceasefire will save the lives of thousands of Kurdish fighters though the Russia-Turkey alliance, to oust the Kurdish fighters from the border area, came into scene one day before his statement. US President said that ‘let someone else combat over this bloodstained sand’.
Meanwhile, Kurdish-led forces have blamed the Turkish troops for violating the ceasefire deal near the town of Ras al-Ain. The head of SDF has requested the US and Russia to hold back the Turkish forces. Russian foreign ministry has confirmed that Kurdish fighters have started withdrawing from the area close to the Turkish border.
Russia and Turkey made a deal according to which Kurdish fighters have to pull out from at least 30km area to let the control of the area to Russian and Syrian forces. Both Russian and Turkish militaries will ensure and facilitate their safe remove. However, Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan threatened to crush the foes if Kurdish fighters ditched and resist to move. Last week, Turkey agreed to on temporary ceasefire after a two-week long offensive in Syria.
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