What Happened: A U.S. delegation that includes Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 17 in an attempt to reach a cease-fire in the ongoing Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, NBC News reported.
Why It Matters: If no agreement is reached, pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to implement sanctions he already authorized against Turkey will increase. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress will continue to consider sanctions legislation, and European countries will devise penalty measures as well. Sanction threats are unlikely to change Turkey's behavior and may inspire a backlash from Ankara.
Background: International outrage over the incursion has disrupted Turkey's diplomatic relationships with key allies. Some European arms partners have already decided to limit weapons exports to Turkey.
- In Syria, Turkey Will Pay the Price for an Imperfect Buffer (Oct. 14, 2019)
- Turkey: For Ankara, Strategic Gains in Syria Are Worth the Economic Pain of Sanctions (Oct. 10, 2019)
- Turkey's Fragile Economy Faces a Blowback (Oct. 9, 2019)