Turkey: For Ankara, Strategic Gains in Syria Are Worth the Economic Pain of Sanctions

Oct 10, 2019 | 21:45 GMT


The U.S. Congress and the European Union are mulling sanctions to punish Turkey for its military operation in northeastern Syria. U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, have introduced legislation that targets high-level officials in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and Turkey's defense industry. Their bill would also activate sanctions against Turkey that Congress previously passed under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The Europeans are more broadly considering action against Turkey, and Norway and Sweden, which supply Turkey with small arms, already have suspended new arms exports. To prevent Turkey from ending its 2016 refugee agreement with Europe and flooding the Continent with refugees from Syria, the European Union has offered up to $1 billion in additional support to help Ankara feed and shelter them in Turkey....

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