CLIENT ALERT: UNITED STATES IMPOSES SANCTIONS AGAINST TURKEY TARGETING MINISTRY OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES AND MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
October 16, 2019
On October 6th , in a telephone conversation with President Erdogan of Turkey, President Trump advised that he would be ordering the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. forces in northern Syria. On October 9th the Turkish military began an incursion into northern Syria designed to establish a 20 mile wide “safe zone” for 300 miles along the northern border and to remove the area from the control and influence of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. The United States promptly objected to the Turkish military action in Syria. As civilian casualties and displacement mounted, on October 14th the U.S. issued an Executive Order imposing sanctions against the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Turkish Ministry of National Defence. In addition, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Energy were all designated as individuals to the U.S. Specially Designated National List (“SDN List”).
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