Treasury Sanctions Two Turkish Officials Over Imprisonment of Brunson

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Brunson, a 50-year-old North Carolina pastor who led a Protestant church in the city of Izmir along the Aegean coast, was one of 20 Americans arrested after the failed 2016 coup against Erdogan.

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

The sanctions imposed Wednesday target Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, whom the U.S. Treasury Department claims both played leading roles in the organizations that unjustly detained Brunson.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday the extraordinary use of financial sanctions against Ankara, which is a USA allied government, would not be left without retaliation as it constitutes a "hostile stance".

Ankara on Wednesday threatened to retaliate after Washington imposed sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the case of an American pastor as it warned the actions could damage ties. The sanctions effectively block any property or interest in property controlled by them in the USA, and bar Americans from engaging in transactions with them.

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".

To President Erdogan and the Turkish government, I have a message on behalf of the president of the United States of America: release Pastor Andrew Brunson now or be prepared to face the consequencesWhat happened next?

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He said Erdogan overestimated the significance of his personal relationship with Trump, given growing impatience with Turkey in Congress, the State Department, and Pentagon.

"The biggest takeaway of all of this ... is we're finally seeing frustrations with Turkey coalesce across the USA government", she said.

Last week, Brunson was allowed to leave prison and remain under house arrest, but his request to leave Turkey was denied.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would not make compromises regarding the independence of the judiciary, and said the remarks of the "evangelist, zionist mentality" in the United States was unacceptable.

Brunson was recently put under house arrest after 21 months in jail due to deteriorating health.

USA officials have repeatedly said that Brunson is innocent and demanded his release.

Though the sanctions designations on the two ministers were largely symbolic-and a far cry from broader sanctions on the financial sector the United States could deploy-they still sent the Turkish lira to a record low. Turkey's Foreign Ministry was expected to release a statement later Wednesday. He's a man of profound Christian faith, who has ministered in Turkey for more than 20 years.